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 Posted: Fri Oct 8th, 2010 03:56 am
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Maytag Electric Dryer---Model # DE 312----Series # 02-----Serial # 219982 PR

Out Maytag dryer came with the house. It's supposedly from 1982.  I'm pretty sure that means it is original to our house!  and it usually kicks grasshopper butt.  But it started to fizz out on us when we ran many loads in a day.  Like it was overheated.  We waited a while and tried again- and it worked fine. 

This went on for a couple months or so. then one time it just wouldn't turn on, but made the infamous buzzing sound when the start button is pressed.  When button is released, sound stops. 

We took her all apart and cleaned her out.  No blockages in any ducting. Dusty inside and about a dollar in change at the bottom of the impeller (blower) which was slightly stuck.  I gave it a big push and got it going again.   Then after we cleaned it all out and put it back together, it started up fine.  We thought that was it.  .   . 

Then it happened again.  It worked for a day before giving up this time.  During that day it would start up ok, but seemed to be "hesitating" on startup.  Slight buzz sound before turning over and working ok. 

Don't know what to do!  Help!! 

How freely should the motor turn?  We have it apart again now and it spins but doesn't keep spinning for long. A second maybe.  Is that OK? 

Also, the BF thinks he needs to disassemble the motor completely.  There is a hex head screw just under where the belt is attached on the motor shaft.  We can't get that hex thing to budge.  He thinks that's the key part to getting the blower off and all the parts apart to install a new motor if we need to do that.  Anyone know what I'm talking about?

Also, this time when we took her apart, the blower is moving fine. Not stuck like before.  We were kinda hoping all we had to do was un-stick the blower again to get it to work at least for a little while...

THANKS SO MUCH IN ADVANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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sounds like you have a weak start winding or stuck centrifugal switch on the motor. both point to motor issues. its possible you have something stuck to the back of the blower wheel like a dryer sheet. it should have a clamp over the blower wheel mount... and at the end of the shaft will be one of these:


take off the bower wheel and see if anything is behind it... but if not then most likely you will have to replace the motor.



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OK.  thanks for the reply.  We tried to take off the blower wheel before. 

So you take off that little ring clamp... then what? Does it just pull off?  Or screw off?
I seem to remember not being able to separate if from the shaft.

does having a weak start winding or stuck centrifugal switch on the motor mean you have to replace the whole motor assembly?  Can't just replace that part, huh?

Do you know how to separate the motor from the bracket it's attached to?

THANKS SO MUCH FOR HELPING ME!!!

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let me ask one more question.

I read somewhere about a part of the dryer that is like "2 shots of espresso" to help get the motor started.  Since it was 'hesitating' before starting up for that little while- could that be the problem?  What part is responsible for that function?

Or what about the thermal protector thingey that makes sure the whole kitten caboodle doesn't overheat?  I don't think that's the problem since we were able to get it to start back up again, but one never knows.... does this model have one of those fuses on it?  Is it a serviceable part? Or do you have to just replace it once it gets tripped?


still confused!!! :X

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So, I managed to take off the blower wheel. Nothing back there but a little lint and dust...I guess this means it's my motor that's the problem?

What about the thermostats? Or the push to start switch? Could the hesitation have to do with that switch?

AHHH!H!!!!!

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that 2 shots of esspresso that you are referring to is called a capacitor. and no your dryer does not have one. if its running for 2 seconds or so and dying out... typically that means the bindings are ceizing. try turning the drum by hand slowly and see if it binds. usually when i get a humming motor i replace them. even if you cleaned up that switch on it, its unlikely it will work for more than 1 cycle. wish i had better news for you bro.

the motor is mounted with clips or screws. there are screws behind the blower wheel in the housing that mount the housing to the motor mount. and the clips remove by putting a screw driver in the side of the clip and prying off..

http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Drive-Motor/1245851?modelNumber=DG312

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That's fantastic! Thank you so much for linking me to the motor conveniently right here in the forum! We ordered the part with just a couple clicks and it should be here in a couple days. Well worth the wait. Thanks again, great forum!

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no problem at all :)
beer fund if your happy... lol
http://fixitnow.com/united-samurai-beer-fund/



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