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Question DetailsAsked on 11/9/2015

My electric dryer stopped working. No light in back of dryer either. I checked circuit breaker and its fine.

I looked at the power wire and it seems to be fine. Its an older Maytag electric dryer. Any suggestions?

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Not sure why this question popped up as a new one, since it is evidently 3 weeks old. But - just in case you still need an answer and have been borrowing a dryer or hanging clothes or laundromatting or such, I am assuming you mean (when you say no light in back) that there is usually red or orangish glow when it is working and that is not there now.

If dryer does not turn, could be failed wiring inside - more likely the timer switch, replacement of which can run $200-350 installed for most brands - assuming this is manual timer, not electronic. If electronic unit, can run more - to the point it is as cheap to replace the entire dryer at times.

If dryer will still turn, just does not heat - could be a failed temperature limit switch (there are commonly several in a dryer - for element overheat protection, and also to regulate the heat in the drum for each type of cycle (permanent press, delicate, etc) - or may have a thermocouple that measures temp and an electronic circuit board regulates operation of the heating element from there.

Other common cause would be the heating element burned out - some last 5-10 years, some 30 - depending on quality and whether they get a piece of lint on them that causes burning through of the element.

Each the above, if the cause, runs about $150-300 probably for the repair cost, depending on brand and model and on whether he has to come to your house twice - once to diagnose, once to repair after part comes in. Be prepared when you call to give him make and model number (usually on a plate inside door or on door frame) and hopefully he can bring new parts for those causes with him in case those are the problem.

Appliance Repair - Large would be your Search the List category for a repair tech.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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