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As I have alluded to in various places, our dryer has been tumbling but not heating since just before the weekend of the blackout. So that's... wow, six weeks. Longer than I thought!

I started out feeling all mighty as I looked things up in forums, and then found a PDF of the Maytag service manual for models of the same age. Even felt pretty good as I started working my way through the troubleshooting checklist (as it became increasingly apparent that, despite the astounding quantities of lint vacuumed or blown out of every possible point along the vent system, the problem is not a blocked vent, as is purported to be the case 95% of the time).

I restarted the checklist at one point, as I realized I was supposed to disconnect the wires from some of the parts before testing the continuity across them. At this point, I decided I had tested the continuity across the wrong contacts on one of the thermostats, and got none across the contacts I then decided were the right ones. Plus, after I took it off, it rattled when I shook it, like a burnt-out light bulb.

So, Sunday night, once again feeling all mighty and problem-solvy, I ordered a new one, which arrived promptly today. (There have been many frustrations in this process. The service of AppliancePartPros was definitely NOT one of them. They rock.)

And... has continuity across the same contacts as the old ones, and not across the same ones. And rattles when you shake it. *headdesk* So, either it was broken, or the old one was fine in the first place. Checked in with Husband of amilyn (my go-to person for All Things Handy What Are Outside My Personal Experience), and he didn't know which was the case. Installed it and tried the dryer, just for the hell of it. Unsurprisingly, no heat.

So, continuing down the troubleshooting list, I get as far as the motor switch. Which is all kinds of fun, as up until that point I only had to remove the front panel of the dryer, but to get to the motor, I have to remove the front cover of the tumbler, take the belt off the tumbler, and take the whole tumbler out. Good times. Not horrifically difficult, but still annoying.

And (assuming I'm testing the right contacts, but this one is marked a helluva lot more clearly, so I'm a lot more confident that I am) it appears it is in fact the motor switch that is bad. Hey, aces! Problem solved, right?

Call Maytag place in Schaumburg (which is closed Sundays, which is why I went online to order the part I apparently didn't need to replace after all). Confirm that they do carry parts.

Am told that this particular part is not available. I can buy the whole motor, but I can't buy just the switch. *headdesk* I DON'T NEED THE WHOLE MOTOR! THE MOTOR WORKS FINE! IT'S JUST NOT TELLING THE HEAT TO TURN ON! Also, the whole motor will cost me over a hundred bucks.

When I google the part number, the first hit that turns up is... AppliancePartPros. Good sign, right? Except that there's not a price listed. Instead, there's a little box that says "Requires special attention," and to call them. So I call them and talk to a human.

Not available. Discontinued.

Any other site listing it? Not available. Discontinued. No luck even on eBay. *headdesk*headdesk*headdesk*

Next plan of attack: Contacting the eBay seller listing a different motor switch to see if he can get hold of this one. :: thinks a second :: Actually, first I'm going to ask BigBabyBrother if he can get a line on one. It's handy to have engineers in the family.




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Aug. 3rd, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
Argh. Augh.

You have more persistence than I have.

I, on the other hand, merely have to clear a large chunk of fallen tree out of my driveway. Again. BRB.

(And once again, it's not my tree, so I can't have the damned thing cut down. It's on the property of an elderly woman who doesn't answer her door. Argh. Augh.)
Aug. 3rd, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
Ack. That's more than sufficiently annoying!

I am VERY stubborn about the whole I-can-take-this-apart-and-fix-it-dammit thing. :-)

Edited at 2010-08-03 11:06 pm (UTC)
Aug. 3rd, 2010 11:35 pm (UTC)
I admire your stubbornness and fit-it-ness.

I've decided the fallen tree is resting too precariously on its crown, and it would be Very Stupid of me to try to lop off enough of it to clear the driveway. I'd need the chainsaw, and the weather's too hot and I'm too tired.

The good news is that the insurance company decided, while the tree was still resting on the roof, to send me a check for their estimate minus my deductible, so I won't be completely out of pocket for hiring somebody to do the heavy lifting.
Aug. 4th, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
I'm seriously impressed. I wouldn't have the first clue. Maybe try other auction sites or Craig's List too?
Aug. 4th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
I didn't start with much of a clue. I'm just good at research. :-)

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