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Maytag Gas Halo Of Heat Dryer burner ignition sequence
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Post# 951368   8/2/2017 at 23:37 (320 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean 1986 YouTube. )        

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I have always wondered what a Gas Maytag Halo Of Heat burner looks like starting up. I have a Maytag Stream Of Heat gas dryer, but it is a rather conventinal dryer, and for a longest time I have always wondered how the ignition sequence looks like. I know the Maytag Gas Halo Of Heat uses a standing piolet, but I would like to see what it looks like when starting. If it anyone has a Maytag Gas Halo Of Heat dryer, please get a HD Video of what the ignition sequence looks like.


Post# 951379 , Reply# 1   8/3/2017 at 03:32 (320 days old) by brucelucenta ()        

There is not much to it, the moment the motor engages the gas valve does too. They did not have the safety features of today's dryers. That is why there were some that the valve stuck and they burned up themselves and whatever was around them. The felt around the front of the dryer would deteriorate with time and heat and when the burner would come on, the blower would not have enough suction to pull the flame thru and the thermo protecter would kick it off on many of the older dryers. The "halo of heat" was meaningless with the gas models since they incorporated much the same type of set up of sucking the flame through the dryer in the same way most other dryers did. I do think that Maytag waited the longest time to finally abandon a standing pilot light in their gas dryers. By the 70's it seemed very antiquated indeed.

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Post# 951428 , Reply# 2   8/3/2017 at 12:02 (320 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean 1986 YouTube. )        
Maytag gas dryers

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Thanks for answering my question. I have read in another thread (don't remember what the thread number was) but the question was Gas vs Electric Maytag Halo Of Heat, and I read the Gas version took forever to dry. My Maytag DG810 Stream Of Heat from 1985 takes about 45 minutes to dry a regular load of clothes, and takes about an hour to dry towels. I know that my Maytag Gas Dryer uses a hot surface igniter to ignite the gas. I would rather have a Maytag Halo Of Heat dryer, rather than have those over-priced dryers you see in Sears, or Lowes.


Post# 951559 , Reply# 3   8/4/2017 at 08:12 (319 days old) by fridgenut (Cape Girardeau, MO)        
Halo of heat?

I'm not sure if my dryer is a halo of heat gas dryer but it is a Maytag gas dryer from 1959 that seems to operate just fine. I have a video that I took of the burner turning on but I'm not sure what the best way to post it is. I may have to upload it to google drive.

Post# 951596 , Reply# 4   8/4/2017 at 14:50 (319 days old) by brucelucenta ()        

Actually when the dryer and felt seals are in good shape a halo of heat gas dryer is fairly quick. Just as soon as the thermostat kicks in the burner comes on instantly with no waiting for an automatic igniter.

Post# 951609 , Reply# 5   8/4/2017 at 16:47 (319 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean 1986 YouTube. )        
Maytag Halo of heat Gas dryer

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I have never owned or seen a Maytag Halo Of Heat in person, but I have seen pictures, and a couple of videos on YouTube. There are very little videos on YouTube about Maytag Halo Of Heat Dryers, but I would like to see more videos of Maytag Halo Of Heat dryers in action. Hopefully one day, I am able to get a Vintage Maytag Washer and Halo Of heat dryer. I have seen a couple on Craigslist, but they were either too far away, or they were asking a too much. I don't know what the capacity of a Maytag Halo Of Heat is, but it can probably dry a load of clothes faster, than those over-priced dryers that cost $1,500.00.


Post# 951680 , Reply# 6   8/5/2017 at 11:04 (318 days old) by brucelucenta ()        

I have had a gas Maytag set from about 1969 or so, it was copper tone. It had to have been an 806 maybe, since it had all four speed combinations on the washer and was large capacity. The set had the lit up panels. The matching dryer had a drum that was big enough to handle the very large load of towels I could wash in the washer. It may have been just barely large enough, but definitely large enough. Wouldn't have held anymore than that. I never overloaded my washer, but filled it very full with the towels and they could still agitate and move from top to bottom eventually during the wash. I gave that set to my grandmother before she moved into an apartment. She loved that set too.

Post# 951724 , Reply# 7   8/5/2017 at 18:35 (318 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean 1986 YouTube. )        
Maytag Halo Of Heat Capacity?

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It sounds like the Maytag Halo Of Heat dryer does not have the largest capacity. How many cubic ft would a Maytag Halo Of Heat dryer be?

Post# 952670 , Reply# 8   8/12/2017 at 15:44 (311 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean 1986 YouTube. )        

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Does anyone have a video of a Maytag Halo Of Heat Gas dryer burner starting up?

Post# 952672 , Reply# 9   8/12/2017 at 16:03 (311 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
MT HOH Gas Dryers

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Are probably around 4.5 CF in capacity, they are only 18,000 BTUs which is on the low side to begin with, but in addition they have a poorly designed airflow and a weak blower like all MT HOH dryers, because MT used such light belt tension on the primary belt on HOH dryers when you put in a heavy load the belt slips quite a bit on the motor pulley, this not only slows down the tumbling a little but really slows down the blowers speed and air output.

The burner ignition on MT HOH dryers is just on one second and off the next, because of the wasteful constant burning pilot the flame turns on instantly when heat is called for but it does not look any different than your SOH MT dryer or any other gas dryer for that matter when it lights.

John L.

Post# 952675 , Reply# 10   8/12/2017 at 16:22 (311 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean 1986 YouTube. )        

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Thanks for answering my question! The Maytag Halo Of Heat may have not have been the biggest dryer, but that was when you would have separated everything, and would have washed and dried smaller loads. The only thing I don't like about my Maytag DG810 Stream Of Heat dryer is it does not dry small loads all that well, and does not completely dry large comforters that well, but does fine with everything else.

Post# 952684 , Reply# 11   8/12/2017 at 18:41 (311 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean 1986 YouTube. )        

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Maytag Halo Of Heat dryers may have had air flow issues, but that could happen to any dryer that has a lot of lint build up. My other question is, Why do old dryers that use belts and pulleys have less lint build up, compared to the dryers that have a belt going around the entire drum?

Post# 952722 , Reply# 12   8/13/2017 at 09:11 (310 days old) by brucelucenta ()        

The lint build up I am sure is because the old belt drive with pulley dryers had a drum that was all one piece that rotated. There was no huge felt seal at the front and rear where lint and other things could sometimes slip through as it rotated.

Post# 952767 , Reply# 13   8/13/2017 at 14:32 (310 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean 1986 YouTube. )        

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I know that those mega load dryers they have in laundymats use belts and pulleys. Those mega load dryers in laundromat probably have very little lint built build up, which might explain why they use belts and pulleys. Those old dryers that use belts and pulleys probably have a little lint build up, but have more dust build up, rather than lint build up.

Post# 952782 , Reply# 14   8/13/2017 at 17:53 (310 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        

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Hi Sean, your observation is correct about MT SOH dryers not drying small loads well, the way the air flows from back to front often just goes right through the middle of the tumbling clothes, with smaller loads is where the WP 29" dryers really work well, but they can suffer with really large loads.

I don't follow your thinking about lint build-up in dryers at all, A lot of old dryers like MT HOH dryers get really filled with lint inside the cabinets. Also of course lint build-up in blower housings and duct work will affect any dryers performance, however when I was commenting about the performance problems with the MT HOH dryers I was assuming a completely clean dryer and duct work as well.

Overall I have never seen a difference in lint built-up in dryers depending on how the drum drive system operates.

John L.

Post# 952788 , Reply# 15   8/13/2017 at 18:18 (310 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean 1986 YouTube. )        

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My Maytag DG810 Gas Dryer Stream Of Heat does not dry small loads that wall at all. Maytag could have put the moisture sensors in the baffles on their Stream Of Heat dryers, that would have helped. I don't know why, but it seems like electric dryers dry better, than gas dryers.

Post# 952793 , Reply# 16   8/13/2017 at 18:48 (309 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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My 1983 Maytag DE410 has dried perfectly fine all these years with ZERO repairs. I set it to Auto Dry less dry and everything is dried fine. Worst part is folding and putting that load away... Although I use the clothesline whenever I can.

Post# 952809 , Reply# 17   8/13/2017 at 23:47 (309 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean 1986 YouTube. )        

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My Maytag DG810 has a moisture sensor, but I wish it had a timed drying cycle. The Maytag DG810 may have been the top of the line, but it does not have that many features at all, looks like it does with all of those buttons, but it doesn't.

Post# 954242 , Reply# 18   8/23/2017 at 14:49 (300 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean 1986 YouTube. )        

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I wish I had a Maytag Halo Of Heat dryer...

Post# 954265 , Reply# 19   8/23/2017 at 17:05 (300 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        

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and perseverance.
Maytag built tons of them, keep checking Craigslist and ReStores in your area. HOH from Maytag are not that rare, something will turn up

Post# 954270 , Reply# 20   8/23/2017 at 17:49 (300 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean 1986 YouTube. )        

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I literally go onto Craigslist multiple times a day to see if there are any Maytag halo of heat dryers. I live in the Inland Empire, I even go onto Los Angeles Craigslist multiple times a day to see what there is LOL.

Post# 954823 , Reply# 21   8/27/2017 at 11:32 (296 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Definitely something to get The Lonely Ol' Maytag Repair Man hopping!

The brand known for dependability being a bit behind in a dryer's lint filter design, and not exactly w/ the exposure to the workings hardly in the long ru being especially reliable or maintenance free... I second the old standing-pilot light design, going from a very trouble-free ignition source, to burning up your dryer's innards, but likely to be time to dispose of the applause once the washer's age catches up to a pair...

My appliance book (How To Buy Major Home Appliances, author Charles Klamkin) recommends even w/ the combustable H.O.H. design and awkward lint filter arrangement, not to mention the potential trouble-spot for repairs in the lint-filter system location & long-term pilot light-burning erosion, the Maytag, as Best Made, Regardless Of Price... While a Norge in gas and electric configuration (LDG 1818A, LDE 1818A, respectively) would rank as a Best Value, given that it boasts a large lint filter arrangement, up front, though lacks the porcelain drum and top that the Maytag has, (baked enamel of which no matter how carefully applied, will corrode, and rust!, as cited in book) albeit a potential larger drying capacity, hence a toss-up...

-- Dave

Post# 954834 , Reply# 22   8/27/2017 at 12:27 (296 days old) by brucelucenta ()        

If you truly want a halo of heat dryer, there are still many of them around. They have a smaller capacity than the newer ones do. They dry fairly well, but are more complicated as far as the pulley set up too. Also it is very inconvenient to clean the filter at the back of the drum. If you should ever have to replace an element in one, that is a lot of trouble to do too. What I'm trying to tell you is you aren't really missing anything by not having one. You can tell if one is a HOL dryer by the size of the dryer door. It is smaller than the large capacity models after that.

Post# 954863 , Reply# 23   8/27/2017 at 14:52 (296 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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There was a flea market in Canada that I went to--and a whole lotta Maytag Halo-of-Heat models--all GAS ones, even at that!

And a BOL Kelvinator w/ a back-opening lid and a window in it w/ a black agitator...

Plus a whole bunch'a records by BREAD--every title...

I can still remember this even though: --This was decades & decades ago...

-- Dave

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