How to Troubleshoot a Maytag Dryer That Does Not Turn On

Whirlpool manufactures dryers under the Maytag brand name.

Troubleshoot a Maytag Dryer That Does Not Turn OnTroubleshoot a Maytag Dryer That Does Not Turn On
These dryers are covered by the same full one-year warranty as other Whirlpool appliances. If the dryer is operated in the United States or Canada, Whirlpool will pay for all needed parts and the cost of labor during the first year of ownership. Before calling for warranty service because your Maytag dryer will not turn on, try troubleshooting this issue.

Inspect the household fuse or breaker box. The Maytag dryer uses two fuses or breakers. Reset both breakers by pushing them to the "On" position; replace blown fuses, if necessary.

Call an electrician to ensure the dryer has a 240-volt power supply. If the dryer continuously trips breakers or blows fuses, have it inspected by an electrician.

Close the dryer door firmly to make sure it is latched. Some models have both upper and lower latches that must be fully secured.

Press and hold the "Start" button for 5 seconds. Large loads may require the "Start" button to be held for several seconds before the cycle will start.

Turn the cycle control knob to the "Automatic Dry," "Sensor Dry" or "Timed Dry" cycle. The dryer will not start if the control knob is set on the "Wrinkle Prevent" cycle.

Press the cycle signal button and hold for 3 seconds to turn off the "Controls Locked" feature.

Remove a recently installed power cord and re-install it correctly. Turn the screw securing the terminal cover counterclockwise with a screwdriver. Remove the cover. Feed the end of the power cord through the terminal block opening. Loosen the silver screw in the center of the terminal block. Place the neutral ground wire on the dryer and the neutral wire on the power cord under the silver screw and tighten it. Connect the green or bare wire on the power cord to the screw in the upper right corner of the terminal block.

Connect the other wires to the remaining screws. Turn the screws clockwise to tighten. Replace the terminal cover.

Things You Will Need

  • Replacement fuses, if needed
  • Screwdriver

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