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Is it possible to replace a moister sensor with a dryer thermostat?
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Post# 955313   8/30/2017 at 13:31 (291 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean 1986 YouTube. )        

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My Maytag DG810 gas dryer has a moisture senser, and I am wondering if it is possible to modify it to use a dryer thermostat instead of a moister sensor. The moisture works, but sometimes it does not completely dry a large load of towels, and there are still damp spots on the towels.

Post# 955325 , Reply# 1   8/30/2017 at 16:28 (291 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Clean your vent.

Post# 955358 , Reply# 2   8/30/2017 at 21:19 (291 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        

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Hi Sean, it would not be simple to modify your dryer but anything is possible.


MT electronic control dryers often did not get clothing as dry as users wanted, you can try setting it for more dry or extra dryness etc. Also be sure you are drying loads of similar weight garments, heavy towels will never dry completely if 1/2 the load is lighter weight items.


While it is important to have a proper clean dryer vent system on any dryer, a clogged vent will NOT cause the type of problem you are describing.

Post# 955372 , Reply# 3   8/30/2017 at 23:41 (291 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean 1986 YouTube. )        

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I have another Maytag dryer that is electric(it is another Maytag stream of heat), but it is not the matching dryer to my Maytag. I know Maytag halo of heat dryers don't have the largest capacity, but there is a early 60's Maytag washer and halo of heat gas dryer for sale in San Diego, and I am thinking about getting it.

Post# 955383 , Reply# 4   8/31/2017 at 03:05 (290 days old) by beekeyknee (Columbia, MO)        

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I haven't been commenting on here lately. What John said, plus I agree that cleaning your duct work would really not make all that much difference in drying accuracy. It would probably just slow everything down a lot. It's always good to keep your duct work clean and as short as possible. Few turns is best. Common sense things really. Low air flow would increase drying time, can cause your dryer to get hotter than it might normally get and increase your energy bill. Overloading your dryer will affect it's drying accuracy.

As far as HOH dryers, I have found them to be spot on when loaded properly. I also added an adjustable cool down thermostat and set it at about 90 degrees (if I recall correctly). It gives the dryer about 10 minutes cool down, +/- a minute. This made all the difference in the world in the accuracy of that dryer. Plus, the clothes were fluffier and more lint free at the end.

From what I have been told gas HOH dryers work OK, everything else being equal, as long as the front seal holds up. When it starts to deteriorate, so does performance. The front seal is NLA. If I were ever presented with a gas HOH dryer seal in a state of disrepair and I had the materials, I might attempt to duplicate it. So far that occasion hasn't arisen.

I hope this helps.

Post# 955405 , Reply# 5   8/31/2017 at 07:41 (290 days old) by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        
Wasn't there a service bulletin on

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this from Maytag about 40 years ago or so? Something about component values drifting over time and causing too early shut-off?

Drat, I've no time to search for it this morning, but I do recollect something along that line. Bound to be somebody here who remembers. Not a difficult circuit - Maytag, like GM tended to stick with something once they had an adequate solution.

Post# 955436 , Reply# 6   8/31/2017 at 10:49 (290 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

In the early HOH dryers, they would clip one of sets of wires around a baffle out of the circuit to improve drying.


You could always use the Permanent Press or Wash and Wear setting for drying heavier or hard-to-dry fabrics since AFTER the load was dried that cycle heated the load to 160F before it went into the cooldown to remove wrinkles and reset creases which would give more drying.

Post# 955497 , Reply# 7   8/31/2017 at 17:01 (290 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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yeah, that's it.

Post# 955509 , Reply# 8   8/31/2017 at 18:34 (290 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Just as Tom aid, in fact HOH owners manuals specifically stated to use the Perm Press cycle to dry loads of heavier garments or if the user desired a more thorough level of dryness. 

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