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Maytag HDE 806 timer questions
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Post# 1091209   9/29/2020 at 19:08 (909 days old) by dalangdon (Seattle, WA)        

Hello everybody,

I picked up this great set of Maytags last weekend, and hooked them up today. The washer runs like a champ, but the dryer has some issues: it turns on and heats up, but the only way I can get it to turn off is by unplugging it. Even if I open the door, like other Maytag dryers Iíve know, it still doesnít shut off.

Also, I really donít understand how this dryer timer works, even if it were to be working. Are all those settings just basically a timed dry that is telling you what you should set it to based on what you are drying?

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Post# 1091217 , Reply# 1   9/29/2020 at 20:34 (909 days old) by hobbyapocalypse (Northeast Pennsylvania)        
As for the timer, it doesn't have one

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It uses sensors mounted on the baffles and an electronic circuit to sense the dampness in the clothes. With the dryer empty and the dial set to DAMP DRY it should turn off in less than 20 seconds. Give this a try.

Otherwise maybe something is shorted out.

Post# 1091218 , Reply# 2   9/29/2020 at 20:35 (909 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Dan, the regular and perm press are all full dry cycles. The damp dry should turn off while the load is sitll damp. But first, try air fluff. It should turn off in either 7 or 15 minutes, I just cannot remember which. If it doesn't turn off even with air fluff, there's a problem others here will be able to tell you exactly why it won't turn off even on air fluff.

It doesn't stop tumbling when you open the door?

Post# 1091380 , Reply# 3   9/30/2020 at 16:57 (908 days old) by dalangdon (Seattle, WA)        

Thanks for the advice! It is a bit funky, but I think I figured it out. Love the little ďdingĒ at the end of the drying cycle. :-)

And yep, it doesnít stop tumbling when you open the door. Iíll be back out there next weekend and take a closer look. Maybe the switch is stuck?

Post# 1091384 , Reply# 4   9/30/2020 at 17:11 (908 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Possibly the switch.

Post# 1091468 , Reply# 5   10/1/2020 at 08:32 (908 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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Hey there Dan,

There might be two issues at play. The fact you are hearing a "ding!" at the end of the cycle is a really good thing, which tells us that the electronic control is functioning as expected and that the cabinet probably has a good ground.

What is not good is that the "ding!" is not shutting off the dryer, as well as when you open the door. It is possible the mechanical link (looks like a paper clip) between the bell solenoid and the push button switch is not manually turning the dryer off (there is a wafer slider on the back side of the switch that will pull away from the switch to shut off the dryer). It could be that the linkage is broken or that the switch itself is going bad. Lastly, it also could be that the cool-down T-stat is not opening up at the end of the cycle once the temp gets below 120 degrees, although this would be rare/odd.

I have seen a few door switches on these go bad. Unfortunately it will require pulling the whole cabinet off the base in order to access the switch.

Does the drum light turn on when you open the door when the dryer not actually running?

Pull the control panel cover and take a look at the linkage on the solenoid/switch and let us know what you find.


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Post# 1091500 , Reply# 6   10/1/2020 at 13:58 (908 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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The electronic dry control worked for 3 times on my 1973 Maytag DG606 on damp dry but since it started acting all wonky and wasnít shutting off I just converted it to a 306 timer dryer to make it simpler and havenít had a singe issue with it since converting it to a DG306.

Post# 1091508 , Reply# 7   10/1/2020 at 16:09 (907 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Yeah, Ben, it can be a nightmare accessing that door switch.

Post# 1091897 , Reply# 8   10/4/2020 at 08:18 (905 days old) by dalangdon (Seattle, WA)        

Thanks Everybody!

Ben, I will take a look at that. I spent some time with it yesterday, mostly vacuuming it out (the person I got it from didnít know it had a lint trap), and I think I saw that mechanism you are talking about.

It shuts itself off on the regular and air fluff cycles. It is a bit wonky on the damp dry, but again I need to take a deeper look.

The dreaded door switch works if you poke it a couple of times. It might just be that it needs to be exercised.

Yes, the drum light works if you wait for it to go through its Cycle, but it doesnít if you just open the door randomly. Is that tied to the switch?

Lastly, when I vacuumed out the bottom, I found a lot of strips of what I think iI think is dried out felt. Any thoughts on what that might be?

Post# 1091900 , Reply# 9   10/4/2020 at 09:01 (905 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
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You can try spraying a silicone lubricant in the door Sw, the DS also turns on the light when you open it.


You probably should remove the cabinet at some point anyway to inspect the heating element and clean the heater shroud and replace the front safety felt that was glued to the front drum lip. When the cabinet is off you can replace the DS if it does not respond to lubrication.


The lint inside the cabinet was pretty normal for these dryers, the exhaust elbow inside the cabinet was pretty leaky, and of course if the dryer was connected to a leaky exhaust a lot of lint gets pulled back into the machine.


Whether the user cleans the lint filter regularly or not has little or no bearing on lint accumulation inside the cabinet of this dryer.


John L.




Post# 1091901 , Reply# 10   10/4/2020 at 09:03 (905 days old) by dalangdon (Seattle, WA)        
Washer tub light

Btw, the companion washer has a tub bulb, but I canít figure out how to change it. Is it a screw in bulb, or one of those push in and twist bulbs. Also, is the lens still available?


Post# 1092107 , Reply# 11   10/5/2020 at 19:28 (903 days old) by d-jones (Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh Area))        

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There may be some tub light lenses out there waiting to be found, but they are as rare as hens teeth. There was a thread recently about those lenses (thread 81875) and I posted a drawing of one with the various dimensions. Find that thread and you can likely make a lense out of plexiglass. If I recall correctly the tub light bulb has a bayonet type base, so youíd push, twist and pull. Try pushing the tub to the right and see if itíll go far enough to reach the bulb thatís mounted in its socket to the underside of the top panel. If not youíll have to remove the front panel, then remove the two screws that hold the front edge of the top panel in place, then tilt the top back. Youíll have complete access then.

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Post# 1092384 , Reply# 12   10/8/2020 at 09:09 (901 days old) by dalangdon (Seattle, WA)        

That's exactly what I did, and I'm sure glad, because I found the top bleach dispenser disconnected. The inside was pretty clean, except for a some filmy white stuff. Unfortunately, I changed the lamp and it still didn't work. The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away......

Post# 1092385 , Reply# 13   10/8/2020 at 09:34 (901 days old) by qsd-dan (West)        
Unfortunately, I changed the lamp and it still didn't wo

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The timer dial needs to be pulled out for the light to work. If it's still dead, the lid switch is generally the main culprit. 206415 is the part # although it recently superseded to WP206415. Plenty to choose from on Ebay. I have also seen a sticky, worn, or broken lid switch actuator and bracket so check those too. Part # 204968.

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