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Post# 264434   2/11/2008 at 08:43 (5,778 days old) by maytagwc401 ()        

Hey guys, I would like to have a few good pictures of the inside of Maytag's halo of heat dryers.

If someone could post a few, it would really be appreciated.



Post# 264440 , Reply# 1   2/11/2008 at 09:53 (5,778 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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Here are a few of mine:

Post# 264441 , Reply# 2   2/11/2008 at 09:53 (5,778 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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and then:

Post# 264442 , Reply# 3   2/11/2008 at 09:56 (5,778 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
these were all taken the day I got them home so they're

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and then:

Post# 264443 , Reply# 4   2/11/2008 at 10:03 (5,778 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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I'll take a picture of the inside with clean up and new light and filter when I can. BTW I love this dryer; fast, quiet and great timer controls. Even though the newer generation Maytag dryers were larger and more ergonomically designed, these things had the heart and soul of old Maytag perfection. Sort of like comparing the Brooklyn Bridge to the Verrazano.

Post# 264459 , Reply# 5   2/11/2008 at 12:20 (5,778 days old) by tuthill ()        

what is the maytag halo of heat?

Post# 264468 , Reply# 6   2/11/2008 at 13:39 (5,778 days old) by qsd-dan (West)        
what is the maytag halo of heat?

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This video should answer your question.


Post# 264479 , Reply# 7   2/11/2008 at 15:33 (5,778 days old) by charbee ()        

Here are the pics we posted when we got our DE-606:


Post# 264499 , Reply# 8   2/11/2008 at 16:28 (5,778 days old) by maytagwc401 ()        


Keep them coming! I love that machine!



Post# 264543 , Reply# 9   2/11/2008 at 23:55 (5,778 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        

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Hi Charbee!
Real Kool Maytag dryer.
I love that KA dishwasher - I hope you can salvage it,
Looks like it needs a lot of TLC.

Post# 264609 , Reply# 10   2/12/2008 at 10:48 (5,777 days old) by charbee ()        

Peteski: the week after we got the KA, we were able to find a complete "new" front door assembly for it, and a very clean set of racks, all on eBay. The control panel on the "new" door is in much better shape. We'll be refinishing the wood panel to match the kitchen remodel (going for a red/white 50's Diner look). The red 1954 Chambers will get her facelift first, then the DW.

Post# 264683 , Reply# 11   2/12/2008 at 18:01 (5,777 days old) by pturo (Syracuse, New York)        
TOL Maytag HOH in gas, baby!

This dryer took some work and rewiring but works perfectly now and very quiet and accurate!

Post# 264684 , Reply# 12   2/12/2008 at 18:03 (5,777 days old) by pturo (Syracuse, New York)        


Post# 264685 , Reply# 13   2/12/2008 at 18:04 (5,777 days old) by pturo (Syracuse, New York)        
Another Picture

Control Panel

Post# 264686 , Reply# 14   2/12/2008 at 18:06 (5,777 days old) by pturo (Syracuse, New York)        
Inside the gas access door

Flame in front, got marshmallows?

Post# 264688 , Reply# 15   2/12/2008 at 18:46 (5,777 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        

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the Halo of Heat burner goes across the front of the dryer (right to left goes the flame.)

Take this burner and pivot the left side to the back so that the flame goes from front to back, and you have a typical burner set-up/location.

I have heard the heat level is 18,000 BTU/h. What say you?

Post# 264696 , Reply# 16   2/12/2008 at 19:33 (5,777 days old) by pturo (Syracuse, New York)        

It is in fact 18,000 BTU's. Dries pretty quickly, actually, but the clothes never seem to be scorched because the heat comes from the front around the door and is pulled through the clothes to the back. Also, I have noticed that with this dryer, no static cling. Perhaps that is solved by the electronic sensors on the drum tumblers? Any static electricity would be absorbed as a short in the bar sensors the same as a wet clothing article would be, discharging the shutoff till there were no more "shorts" to the sensors, shutting the dryer off.
Not sure about a conversion to a back heated as you mention, but seems possible with the right drum set up, not this one. It is a solid drum one peice thing, with no way to heat from the back, but in terms of using these parts to convert to an newer model, it probably could be done. Maytag was famous for not making redundant parts. Many of the parts of the early 60's fit the dryers and washers of the late 90's.

Post# 264698 , Reply# 17   2/12/2008 at 19:50 (5,777 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        

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ODD, in that I want to remember my mother's HOH of 1966 as 22,000 BTU/h.


Post# 264699 , Reply# 18   2/12/2008 at 19:55 (5,777 days old) by johnb300m (Chicago)        

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look at all those pulleys. Those look sorta complicated those HOH dryers.
BUT, it makes total sense to have the sensor bars on the baffles.
Our Neptune dryer works pretty good, but it's got one small sensor off in a corner somewhere.

IDK how they get good readings there...

Post# 264702 , Reply# 19   2/12/2008 at 19:59 (5,777 days old) by pturo (Syracuse, New York)        

They did make a prior gas valve at 22,000 BTU in the 60's,but in the 70's it was down rated to 18,000. I replaced my old 18,000 BTU valve with a 60's 22,000, which I guess would be 22% more heat, if you do the math. Naturally, the cycling switches rule the internal drum heat exhaust, but the BTU higher imput would get the dryer hotter, faster, with wet clothes, buying less time than a lower BTU rated burner/valve system.

Post# 264710 , Reply# 20   2/12/2008 at 22:11 (5,777 days old) by neptunebob (Pittsburgh, PA)        

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Maybe they reduced the burner because people complained a Halo of Heat was too hot - turning it into a Halo From Hell. BTW, are they really that hard to service and if so, why didn't Maytag change them? Or did they need something to keep the Maytag repairman less lonely?

Post# 264712 , Reply# 21   2/12/2008 at 22:57 (5,777 days old) by pturo (Syracuse, New York)        

They are actually not that easy to service,the entire cabinet needs to be taken off,but they are really good at what they do. They should have had a front panel take off to service.

Post# 1190077 , Reply# 22   9/16/2023 at 01:18 by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        
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I think the reason why Maytag throttled the heat output to 18,000 btus was the 22,000 btus probably did a number on the large outer felt seal right by the air mixer assembly which slowed down the drying speed since the high limit thermostat was kicking the burner off since the incoming air was bypassing the burner cone. While 18,000 btus is on the lower side to begin with, definitely gentler on certain types of clothes. Even more gentle if the cycling thermostat is replaced with a L120-10 low heat thermostat.

Post# 1190081 , Reply# 23   9/16/2023 at 06:41 by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
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Used a lower 18,000 BTU burner as did some other poorly designed gas dryers.

Iím sure Maytag was being cautious because of the placement of the flame so close to and under the flammable seal and because of the general poor blower performance on halo of heat dryers. The belt tension was very light for the primary belt on these dryers so there is a good deal of Slipyj, especially with a heavy load on the primary belt at the motor, pulley and some of the blower pulley as well. The blower itself was not nearly as robust as the blower and Kenmore and whirlpool dryers either GE for that matter

Of all the popular dryers the halo if he gas dryer was certainly the slowest one at trying to load of clothing. It was the only gas dryer I ever saw when consumer reports test that took longer than the electric version ,

The electric halo of heat dryers also were lower wattage that almost any other dryer it only 4800 W you had whirlpool in Kenmore dryers at 5600 W for example.

Between the lower capacity and slower performance, you can see why Maytag dryers were not favorite for large families. Lots of laundry needed to be done on a weekly basis.

One of our neighbors that had nine children had a Maytag halo if he gas dryer that thing ran all the time, but she still hung a lot of laundry on the line

When we finally replaced it with a whirlpool gas dryer in the early 80s, she proclaimed that she never knew a dryer could be so fast and keep up with the washing machine.

Post# 1190093 , Reply# 24   9/16/2023 at 10:45 by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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Since Iíve used both gas and electric HOH dryers, the electric is indeed faster. But one nice thing I like about the gas HOH dryers is they are actually quite gentle on clothes when everything is tuned up properly, reason why they got a bad wrap for being slow is the pilot was left on and qsd-dan mentioned (canít remember the thread) that every gas HOH he had come through had a weak high limit thermostat which was caused by the standing pilot weakening the bimetallic metal inside the high limit thermostat which would shut off the burner sooner than necessary. Had that happen once when I left the pilot on the Maytag DG306 but once I got into the habit of turning the pilot off when not being used, never had issues with that again. I want to start using that dryer again since I converted it into a DG407, but that probably wonít be until I figure out why it doesnít turn on when plugged in, probably will look into it sometime next week.

Post# 1190103 , Reply# 25   9/16/2023 at 16:53 by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
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The safety thermostat on the burner cone is in no way affected by the pilot light burning when the dryer is not in use.

It makes no difference in the speed of the dryer if the pilot light was on for days weeks or years before you dry a load of clothing thatís just ridiculous.

Itís not a bad idea to turn the pilot off just to save the gas but itís a lot of trouble to relight it each time you want to use the dryer and very few people ever did that.


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