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How To Reset Maytag Dryer

Maytag is one of the top leading appliance manufacturers out there. Despite their popularity, though, they are not immune to their problems. The most frustrating of which is when the dryer does not work.

You can reset a Maytag dryer by removing power from the dryer for 30 minutes. Unplug the dryer from the wall out or, if the dryer is hardwired, turn off the circuit breaker supplying power to the dryer. It is important to let the dryer rest for the full 30 minutes.

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It can be difficult to diagnose issues with a dryer but they are easy to fix. Most issues can be resolved by simply resetting the dryer. Resetting the dryer is easy to do and is a good way to rule out any major problems.

Is There A Maytag Dryer Reset Button?

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When we hear the word ‘reset’ we automatically think ‘Start Over’. Reset or restart is great when it comes to playing video games, but does it apply to our appliances?

As a general rule, there is not a stand-alone reset button on the Maytag dryer. The dryer does have a built-in feature that enables it to clear its command center and start over. Pressing a sequence of buttons or even removing power to the dryer will activate this built-in reset feature.

We don’t often think of resetting our dryer but, in reality, it is good to know the benefits of doing this. The dryer has many working electrical components that all rely on each other in order for the dryer to work. If one component freezes, all the other working parts are affected.

Error Codes

Error codes are how your dryer communicates to you that something needs your attention. Thankfully, not all error codes require a phone call to a service technician. It is common for our dryers to display error codes when they are overworked. Resetting the dryer will clear these codes.

For example, the error code L2 means there is “no or low line voltage”. This will prevent the dryer’s heating element from turning on. This error code is common after a power surge or if the circuit breaker was tripped.

You can reset this error code by removing power from the dryer for at least 30 seconds. Once you restore power, run a timed dry cycle and the code will clear out.

Power Failure

The error code PF means a power failure has interrupted the drying cycle, resulting in the dryer shutting off. You can reset this error code by pressing and holding the ‘Start’ button. Once the error code clears, select the desired dry cycle and press ‘Start’.

Diagnostic Mode

Running the diagnostic mode will let you know if there is anything more serious with the dryer. The following steps will walk you through how to do this.

Step 1: Select any three buttons on the control panel, except for the Power or Start buttons. Remember the buttons selected and the order in which you press them.

Step 2: Press and release each button within 8 seconds of starting.

Step 3: The display panel will be illuminated for 5 seconds. Any error codes will be displayed in the ‘Remaining Time’ panel.

Step 4: If you do receive an error code, you can press the third button to display the next error code, if there is one.

Step 5: If no other error codes are displayed, press and hold the first button for 5 seconds to exit the diagnostic mode.

If you continue to receive an error code after running the diagnostic test and resetting the dryer, it is important to call a qualified Maytag technician to service your dryer. There could be an electrical or another hardware issue.

How To Reset Maytag Dryer Won’t Run/No Power

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We don’t expect much from our dryer but we do expect it to do what it is designed to do – dry. When the dryer will not work, it can quickly transform a calm day into a stressful one. There are a variety of reasons why your Maytag dryer will not run.

To reset a Maytag dryer that won’t run/no power, unplug the dryer from its power source for 30 seconds. Removing power will allow all of the electrical components within the dryer to rest, clear any glitches or stored miscommunications, and start fresh.

If the Maytag dryer continues to not run or have power after resetting it, the most common culprit is a weak power supply. Make sure the dryer power cord is securely connected to the outlet. If the dryer is hardwired, make sure the circuit breaker is fully open.

Another common reason why a Maytag dryer will not work is due to a faulty door switch. As a safety feature, if the dryer door is not securely shut and latched, the dryer will not start. You can test the switch by opening the dryer door and pressing the switch. If the light inside of the drum stays on, the door switch is faulty.

How To Factory Reset Maytag Dryer

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Our dryers are not complicated machines. It may have a lot of working parts but, in reality, it’s a simple machine. With repeated use, it is common for the dryers command center to become overwhelmed and stop working.

You can perform a factory reset of your Maytag dryer in two ways. First, unplug the dryer from the wall outlet or other power source. Second, turn off the circuit breaker supplying power to the dryer. Leave the dryer without power for 30 minutes.

A factory reset of the dryer will wipe the dryer’s control board clean, returning it to its original factory settings. Resetting the dryer will not harm it.

How To Do Maytag Dryer Check Vent Light Reset

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Another safety feature of the Maytag dryer is the vent light. The vent is essential in removing hot air from the dryer, outside. If the hot air is not removed, there is a very good chance of a fire starting.

The Maytag dryer Check Vent light can be reset by pressing the ‘Power/Cancel’ button twice. You can also unplug the dryer from its power source for at least 30 seconds. Select a timed dry cycle to see if the error code has been reset and the dryer will now start.

The vent light is another safety feature of the Maytag dryer. If the light continues to stay on, it is possible the dryer is not getting adequate airflow.

Check the dryer vent to make sure there are no kinks or clogs in the hose. There needs to be a minimum of 4 inches between the dryer and the wall for adequate airflow.

How To Do Maytag Dryer Thermal Fuse Reset

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Thermal fuses are small but mighty. It is located on the heating chamber of every Maytag dryer. This, too, is a safety feature. When the heating chamber gets too hot, the fuse will blow, shutting off the dryer immediately.

The Maytag dryer thermal fuse cannot be reset. It must be replaced if it has blown. The fuse is designed to be used only once. It is important to investigate why the fuse blew. Is the dryer overheating? Are the dryer vents blocked? Is the circulation fan not working?

The following steps will walk you through how to replace the thermal fuse on your Maytag dryer. You will need a Phillips head screwdriver, a ¼ nut driver, and needle-nose pliers. Consult your Maytag User’s Manual for the correct type of replacement thermal fuse.

Step 1: Unplug the dryer from its power source or turn off the circuit breaker.

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Step 2: Open the dryer door and remove the screws in the inside door panel. The door will stay in place but the frame around it will come off.

Step 3: The thermal fuse is located on the blower housing. Using the needle-nose pliers, remove the two gray wires.

Step 4: Use the nut driver to remove the single screw that holds the thermal fuse in place.

Step 5: Gently lift out the old fuse and replace it with the new one.

Step 6: Secure the new fuse with the screw and reattach the two gray wires, making sure they have a tight fit.

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Step 7: Reattach the front panel.

Maytag Dryer Control Board Reset

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The control board on the Maytag dryer is the brain of the dryer. The control board controls every function of the dryer. If the control board is not working correctly, every function of the dryer is affected.

The Maytag dryer control board can be reset by removing the dryer from its power source for at least 30 seconds. If the control board does not reset after power is restored, check to see if the Control Lock feature has been engaged.

The Control Lock feature can easily become pressed if we place too many items on the dryer and the buttons are pressed or we have simply pressed the wrong sequence of buttons. When the control panel is locked, the dryer will not work.

Resetting the dryer will clear out the Control Lock error and reset the control panel. Simply unplug the dryer from its power source for at least 30 seconds. If the dryer is hardwired to its power source, turn off the circuit breaker supplying power to the dryer.

If resetting the dryer does not resolve the issue, there could be an electrical issue within the control board. A qualified Maytag technician can safely and quickly diagnose the issue.

How To Reset Maytag Dryer Circuit Breaker/Fuse

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A recent power surge or power failure can cause the dryer circuit breaker or fuse to blow. If the circuit breaker/fuse repeatedly need to be reset, a qualified Maytag technician will need to service the dryer in case there is a more serious electrical problem.

The Maytag dryer circuit breaker/fuse can be reset by unplugging the dryer or turning off the circuit breaker. Allow the dryer to rest, without power, for 30 minutes. This will allow any remaining power in the dryer to dissipate so the dryer can start fresh.

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