Maytag model MDE4806AYW bought Feb. 2006 started making noise like a
bearing failing. Stopped it and called for tech. He showed up
several hours later and it ran fine without noise. Wife moistened
some towels and shortly noise returned. Stripped covers and all
seemed fine, not a bearing problem. Checked incoming voltage at 240V.
He ran the machine and damp towels stayed in one spot as drum rotated,
no tumbling action at all. He deduced the 240V was spinning the drum
faster than 220V would preventing the tumbling of the load. Suggested
we contact Georgia Power and ask about lowering the incoming power to
220V. Label where model number was found has "120/240V". Commented
he has more calls on Maytag than any other.
I'd call the company right away. Sometimes, there are service bulletins that
the techs haven't read yet. You need to get this documented with the
manufacturer before the warranty runs out, and get as much information right
I nursed a Maytag dryer along for many years. There are 2 main things
that cause noise. The drum rollers will set up a high pitched squeal
that sounds a lot worse than it really is, danger wise. I have found
MolyCoat G works well but you have to remove them and grease them..
Oil will make it quiet for a while but you will be back.
The other one is more of a grumbling noise and that is a spun hub on
the air blower wheel. This one is serious since you are not moving
enough air and it can get real hot in there real fast. This is a "D"
shaft and a matching hole in the blower wheel. You have to buy a new
He's more then an idiot, try dumb a$$....
Another thing to check is that the small drive wheel on the motor shaft
isn't loose. I've seen where they are loose enough to slip, especially
under load, and when it happens it makes a heck of a racket. Also will ruin
the motor shaft if left to run for a while. If you've got the thing
unplugged and the covers off unhook the belt and try to wobble that pulley
on the end of the motor shaft.....
Have another repairman look at it. The speed of the motor in your dryer is
not determined by the voltage. It is determined by the frequency (60 Hz in
almost all the US) and that is kept almost constant by the power companies.
A higher voltage will cause the heating element to run hotter and could
decrease the drying time slightly, but the dryer should handle anything form
220 to 240 volts without any problem.
He may only be correct in the Maytags give more problems. They used to be
very good machines, but in the last few years the quality has fallen way
down. I think Whirlpool has bought them out in the few months .
Many dryers have a couple roller in back. And a friction "glide"
surface at the front. I've repaired enough dryers to know that the
rollers tend to dry up, and scream and squeal. Same with the glide
surface at front. Did the tech at least take the dryer apart?
Reminds me of a couple of friends of mine who paid a tech $70 to come
out and look at the upright freezer. He put a thermometer in it, and
told em to "keep an eye on it". I checked everything out and figured
that it was low on freon. Juiced it up, and havn't heard back from
Christopher A. Young
You can't shout down a troll.
Drum was removed and reinstalled to demonstrate towels clinging to one
spot on drum as it rotated with him holding the button in with covers
off. Wife said he did find a bolt loose on the motor and attributed
the noise to that. Sheets don't dry well as they seem to twist around
each other which is indicative of lack of tumbling. Things ain't like
they used to be!
On Sat, 30 Sep 2006 21:05:05 GMT, "Stormin Mormon"
On the other hand, if the towels DON'T fall down in the dryer drum as it
rotates, drying time will be considerably lengthened.
New washers with spin cycles above 1000 RPM (1200-1400 is quite common
on the European labels) leave clothes so dry that dry time is GREATLY
I have a front loading Amana. It's got three spin speeds: Gentle, Normal and
"Yeah It's Got a Hemi". Just once, I mistakenly left it on the highest speed
with some dress shirts which normally don't need much ironing, if any. That
time, they needed a lot of ironing. But, it doesn't beat up the clothes.
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