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Hi, I have a Maytag sdg305daww dryer that will not stay on. When I push the start button, it tumbles - but, when I let go - it stops. Also, there is a slight burning smell, afterwards. I cleaned it out, greased the motor, replaced the door switch, and checked everything for continuity...... all seem good.

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Anonymous

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SOURCE: hotpoint wd62 washer dryier (aquarius 1200)

i am a retired engineer of 20 years, and its about a year since i worked on combination washer/dryers but if the heater elements fine and power comes from timer there must be cut out somewhere around where it should warm up, look all round the machine one may be hidden or hard to spot there maybe about 3 one of them one of them could be a trigger device (you can press a button to reset it) that style is a very small cube about the size of a sugar lump with2 spades on it, others look like a small flat oval or round shape the size of a five pence piece with 2 spade wires on them, remove the plug from wall and remove these spades and check the contacts for continuity, you need not remove from machine to do so, no circuit + no heat, replacement item not expensive, thats where to start based on the information given, check the sensors you mention again, it sounds like your so close, good luck and work safe

Posted on Sep 09, 2007

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Mike Johnson

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SOURCE: Hoover tumble dryer

I think you may have a bad relay on the motor, where power is re-applied after the push start is released

Posted on Oct 14, 2007

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Anonymous

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SOURCE: GE dryer starts but..... stops

What you describe is either a failed evenheat board or a failed motor relay.
Please post the complete model number from the machine and I can help you narrow it down. There should be a wiring diagram inside the console with voltage checks also.
Thanks/Mike

Posted on Nov 25, 2007

Anonymous

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SOURCE: MDE9606AYW Maytag Dryer

the start button activates a realy inside the control panel
the relay latches to supply heavy current to motor and heater, until door switch or timer switch break the latching circuit
If relay is on its last legs, it could be causing delay in starting, not closing secondary
the relay is represented by the dashed switches at the right of this maytag wiring diagram, note that it has no relevance to physical position of components
cc57668.jpg the relay in maytags looks like this
36631dd.jpg, but may be opaque, and mounted vertically (pic left is up)

Posted on Oct 08, 2008

John Hall

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SOURCE: Maytag Dryer won't start withouth me turning the drum.

Good day. Ugly problem.
My first choice would have been the motor, but.......
Here is the process, it might help you.
The power to the motor goes first to and thru the door switch. It then returns to the timer.
When the timer is turned to any running position, power leaves the timer where it is split into 2 leads.

One of the power leads goes directly to the centrifugal switch Which is the switch on the motor with all the wires. If you spin the drum, you also spin the motor, and if spun fast enough will close the contacts on the cetrifugal switch, thus sending power to the motor, allowing it to run. I guess you have done that.

The second lead out of the timer goes to the push to start switch, it then leaves and goes to the centrifugal switch but on the power side, so it is directly connected to the main winding in the motor.
That is why when you press the press to start switch, the motor runs, and if held in it will continue to run.
In fact, at this point, the motor had 2 sources of power, either of which can run the motor.
Thus releasing the push to start switch doesn't matter, since it runs off the other source.

Possibilities.
The centrifugal switch is not wired right. Please recheck. (or the motor was bad out of the box. Happens).
The push to start switch is bad, and needs replaced.
Or, the wiring going to or leaving the push to start switch has broken or making a bad connection.
Lastley, I said the power comes out of the timer and splits into 2 circuits. Not always true, in some models the timer sends 2 seperate wires out carrying the power, with the possibility the timer could be bad.

Hope this helps.
and thank for using FixYa

Posted on Jan 07, 2010

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