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Maytag DE806 Dryer
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Post# 1061840   2/29/2020 at 13:11 (1,544 days old) by jeb (Mansfield Ohiio)        

Could someone tell me the cycling temps for regular and p.press ? How long should they run on these cycles before they stop if they are empty ? Just got one and it seems to take a long time before the sensor shut it off. The high limit thermostat had burn wires so I replaced it. I thought maybe the cycling thermostat was bad but exhaust air is 160.




Post# 1061847 , Reply# 1   2/29/2020 at 14:38 (1,544 days old) by hobbyapocalypse (Northeast Pennsylvania)        
The service manual for the 806 with Bar Baffles says

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with dryer empty, shut-off solenoid should activate as follows:

Regular Dry = 9 to 11 minutes
Permanent Press = 12 to 19 minutes

Do you have the bar or the wire baffles? They are the baffles inside the drum, the newer ones have two metal bars on top, the older ones are wrapped with a wire.

I had loose connections on my electronic control board and it caused weird things to happen so you ought to check that too.


Post# 1061855 , Reply# 2   2/29/2020 at 15:48 (1,544 days old) by LowEfficiency (Iowa)        

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Also, is your DE806 wired for 240V or 120V?
They work quite well on 120V, but do take considerably longer to dry a load.

The *empty* cycling time should be unaffected by the mains wiring choice (240/120).


Post# 1061856 , Reply# 3   2/29/2020 at 16:04 (1,544 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
Two Things I Think I Remember

If you start the dryer set for Damp Dry with an empty drum, it should run for no more than 10 seconds before shutting off if the control is OK, but mine shut off almost instantly. When set for Permanent Press, the dryer heats to 160F after the fabrics are dry. That's why the Permanent Press setting is used to give extra dryness.

Post# 1061873 , Reply# 4   2/29/2020 at 17:08 (1,544 days old) by jeb (Mansfield Ohiio)        

The times are right and the damp dry runs less than 15 seconds. It has the 2 bars but the brush on the sensor was bad (crumbed into tiny pieces) and I could not find a replacement so I took it to the motor repair place in town-they did not have a brush to fit but gave me one to file down. The dryer is drying its first load now.

Post# 1061880 , Reply# 5   2/29/2020 at 17:58 (1,544 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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Congrats on saving the Maytag dryer!

Post# 1061887 , Reply# 6   2/29/2020 at 19:37 (1,544 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Great!

Post# 1062903 , Reply# 7   3/11/2020 at 10:05 (1,534 days old) by juliegott (Red Hill, PA)        
DE806

My carbon brush crumbled too when I re-assembled the dryer. My spring also broke from age. I looked online for a similar brush or the entire part used and 0 were found. So I bought a bigger brush from Ace and also filed it down. Very tricky filing it to a squared long piece-then the darn spring wouldn't fit because it was too big for the holder. I then unscrewed about a hundred ballpoint pens- till I found one perfect tiny spring. I attached the shaved carbon (which had a circle base) onto the spring , and now it behaved better than the original , since it stayed in place instead of popping out like before. I wondered why Maytag didn't attach the carbon to the spring also- instead of holding it in by pressure- making it difficult to remove or replace, without flying clear across the room !




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