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6 Troubleshooting Tips For a Maytag Dryer Not Spinning

A dryer that doesn’t tumble leaves behind a pile of wet clothes and even more questions. Why is my Maytag dryer not spinning? The wrong cycle setting may be delaying the start or locking the controls. Try these Maytag dryer troubleshooting tips when it doesn’t spin on command.

Maytag Dryer Not Spinning?
Check These Common Causes…

While a part malfunction could be the reason for a Maytag dryer not spinning, sometimes a power issue or the wrong setting is responsible. Here’s how to determine whether a professional repair or DIY fix can restore your dryer’s tumble.

Insufficient Power

Before assessing for malfunctions, first make sure your dryer has sufficient access to electrical power. A Maytag dryer won’t spin properly or at all if it doesn’t have adequate power.

Here’s how to assess for power issues:

  • Make sure cord is properly plugged in to correct outlet: Electric dryers require a 240V outlet for optimal function. Make sure the dryer’s electrical cord is fully plugged into the right outlet.
  • Check for tripped breakers: Reposition any tripped breakers in your home’s circuit breaker box. Electric dryers generally use two breakers, while gas dryers utilize one.
  • Avoid extension cords: These cords can’t safely transmit the voltage a dryer requires, leading to surges that shut down function.
Maytag dryer not spinning

Need to Adjust Dryer Settings

Make sure you select the right dryer setting for your laundry load. Just as the dryer takes too long for heavy fabrics on a Delicate cycle, a Maytag dryer doesn’t spin immediately on certain settings. When the Control Lock status light is on, spinning won’t begin because all control panel functions are locked, preventing an accidental start. Press and hold the Cycle Signal button for 3 seconds to turn off the Control Lock feature and select a dryer setting. 

When making a setting selection, always make sure the Cycle Control knob is set on Automatic Dry, AccuDry or Time Dry. The dryer will not spin right away if it’s set on the Wrinkle Shield option. This setting uses intermittent spinning to reduce wrinkles.

Broken Door Switch

A dryer door switch is a safety device that prevents the dryer from starting if the door isn’t properly closed. Once the door closes and activates the switch, it signals the dryer to begin a drying cycle. Always make sure the door is closed firmly to activate the switch and begin drying.

If the switch is damaged or fails electronically, it won’t signal the dryer to start drying. Test the switch for continuity with a multimeter. If it lacks continuity, it requires replacement.

Dryer Belt Worn Out

The dryer belt is a long, rubber belt that extends around the drum via two pulleys, enabling the dryer to spin. Over time, the belt can stretch, fray or tear, leaving the drum unable to rotate. If the dryer drum turns easily by hand or makes squealing or grinding sounds, the drive belt has likely worn out. A worn Maytag dryer belt can’t be repaired and must be replaced.

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Defective Idler Pulley

An idler pulley is one of the two pulleys that holds the dryer belt taught around the drum. If it’s defective, the dryer belt won’t be able to spin the drum. Signs of a broken idler pulley include thumping, squeaking or scraping sounds as the drum attempts to rotate. If you find your Maytag dryer not spinning and making these sounds, the idler pulley likely requires replacement.

Drive Motor Malfunction

If these troubleshooting tips fail to diagnose a Maytag dryer not spinning, it’s possible the drive motor malfunctioned. This motor powers the dryer drum and the blower wheel so the dryer can spin and circulate hot air.

A blocked blower wheel can masquerade as a drive motor problem. If the dryer still hums when you press start, check the blower wheel for obstructions. Is the blower wheel free of blockages? In that case, if the dryer makes no noise when started and the drum turns easily by hand, the motor likely malfunctioned. A broken drive motor requires professional replacement.

The experts at Appliance King of America can perform any clothes dryer repair. Contact us today to schedule fast and professional service.


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