The dryer circuit control board controls most of the operations within the dryer. If the control board is bad, the dryer may not start or the dryer will not heat up.
Before proceeding any further always disconnect the electricity before working on any electrical appliances. Disconnect the electricity to the dryer. This can be done by pulling the plug from the receptacle or by flipping the breaker off. Make sure the electricity is turned off to the dryer. USE EXTREME CAUTION! YOU ARE WORKING WITH 220 VOLTS.
When replacing the bad dryer control board with a new control board, it is a good practice to have the new replacement circuit board out of its packaging or box and to hold it in front of the old board so that you can examine both of the dryer circuit boards and make certain that they are the same before pulling any wires loose from the existing board and replacing it.
If you are not familiar with all of the wires that are connected and will need to be disconnected and transferred from one board to the other, have your phone handy and snap a few good photos of the bad control board while it is still connected in your dryer control panel for future reference, if needed.
Now that you are sure that both of the boards are the same you can transfer the wires from the old board to the new control board.
Once you have transferred all of the wires from the old control board to the new replacement control board you will need to replace the dryer console or control panel, plug the power cord back in. You may need to program the new dryer control board, following the instructions for the make and model of your dryer.
The control board in your dryer has a life span just like any other household appliance parts do and can wear out from use and age. Lightning storms/strikes cause a lot of havoc on appliances and are responsible for damage to many circuit boards. Electrical power surges and flood waters or just moisture/condensation can also be to blame for a faulty dryer circuit control board.
If you overload your dryer you may be asking for trouble. Putting too many clothes in your dryer may actually damage it and possibly burn out the dryer motor.
If your dryer shakes, vibrates, rattles or even tries to move around the room, it could be that the legs on the dryer are uneven or the floor surface is unstable but most likely it is because you have over loaded it, too many clothes!!
A number of dryers have different settings and cycles for a variety of times, fabrics and item options. If you use the Air Dry or Air Fluff cycle and it leaves your clothes damp it is because not enough heat was produced to dry the clothes, using the wrong cycle and time setting can leave the clothes damp, also piling too many clothes into the dryer will prevent the clothes from tumbling freely and therefore prevent them from drying. If the dryer has a dryness sensor the sensor may overload if the clothes are not able to dry adequately. The sensors then would malfunction or stop working.
The dryer motor could possibly burn out prematurely if you continue to overload it because it puts a strain on the dryer.
If you are overloading your dryer on a regular basis, that can eventually cause the system to overheat and cause damage to the unit.
Your Maytag dryer may not need any new parts to restore the heat or require any tools for doing this dryer repair. You
may be able to have your electric dryer heating again by just flipping a switch.
Before assembling all of the tools needed for repairing your electric dryer and taking apart the dryer’s cabinet, let’s try this first. Here’s what you will need to do, you will need to locate your home’s breaker box. Locate the breaker switch that is designated to supply electrical power to your clothes dryer,
which is usually a 30 AMP double throw breaker. Next you will need to firmly flip the breaker switch off and on a few times to test it, even if the switch looks like it is in the on position. The electric dryer has two 110 volt circuits, the dryer motor will run but will not supply voltage to the heating element if one circuit has been tripped or is not on. During the heat of summer, this is a pretty common occurrence.
If this did not fix the no heat problem with your dryer, you will need to test the dryer’s heating element, thermal fuse, thermostats and
30 AMP Double Pole Breaker
timer/circuit board to see if they are all functioning properly.
Did you know that most all major electric household appliances in your home use a heating element for their source of heat?
REFRIGERATOR – That’s right! Even your refrigerator and icemaker use a heating element. The refrigerator uses a heating element/defrost heater assembly for the defrost cycle and the icemaker uses a heating element to heat up the icemaker tray so the ice will loosen and can be kicked out at the end of a cycle.
OVEN – Your electric oven uses two different heating elements, it uses a bake element for the bake setting and a broil for the broil setting. The bake element is located on the bottom of the oven’s interior and the broil element is located on the top of the oven’s interior.
STOVE – The electric range, stove or cooktop uses surface element burners or radiant elements. The coil surface element is a coiled circle shaped heating element that can be accessed from the cooktop of your stove. The radiant element is underneath a sleek smooth ceramic glass cooktop, only accessible from under the glass.
CLOTHES DRYER – The electric clothes dryer would take days to dry your laundry if it were to just tumble the clothes dry without the help of the dryer heating element. The dryer’s fan draws in fresh air over the clothes dryers hot heating element then into the drum and circulates the heater air throughout the laundry while it tumbles, the moist air is blown out the clothes dryer exhaust vent in a continuous cycle.
Clothes Dryer Heating Elements
DISHWASHER – The dishwasher has a heating element which helps aid in heating the water for the hot wash and rinse cycles and helps aid drying the dishes in the drying cycle.
HOT WATER HEATER – Your electric hot water heater uses heating elements to heat the water in the tank so you can have warm or hot water ready on demand for showers, baths, washing laundry or just brushing your teeth.
Heating elements do have a life span just like an incandescent light bulb filament will simply burn out with no warning signs at the flip of a switch, so can the heating element in your house hold major appliances. You don’t have to start looking for a new appliance just because the heating element has burned out. They are fairly inexpensive to buy and may be replaced fairly easy on some make and models of appliances,