Model #MGD5830TW0 MAYTAG Residential Dryer

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Clothes are still damp after automatic dry

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Laundry is a chore that not many people enjoy. When you are having issues with your appliances while doing laundry it can be frustrating. I was able to find a link that includes great information for a dryer not heating properly. I attached the links below. I hope this helps.

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Jackie S -
May 13, 2012
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One key to diagnosing this problem is confirming that the dryer is heating through out the entire cycle. A gas dryer with a coil or valve problem might heat fine for 20 minutes but then not heat at all. Try to confirm that the dryer is heating through out the entire cycle. Poor drying can also be caused by a poor vent. You can try a medium wet load with the vent hose removed and see if it dries any better. Try this and confirm the flame is working throughout the cycle and reply with any additional details for further assistance.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
May 14, 2012
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I considered that, checked it, and its clear - also it dries nicely on the timed cycle. BTW - ita an electric dryer.

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Raymond -
May 15, 2012
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I checked all that Fred suggested. Unfortunately, that is NOT the problem. Timed dry works great, I only get damp clothes at the end of the automatic dry cycle. Removing the vent hose doesn't change anything. The people at Sears parts online suggested a new sensor (part number 389069 for about $35, so I'll try replacing that and see if it fixes the problem.

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Bob T -
May 15, 2012
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Got the part number wrong - it's 338906

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Bob T -
May 15, 2012
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OK - my sensor arrived and it appears from the diagram on Sears' web site I need to remove the heater box (part 8530285) to get to the part to replace. I see no obvious way to get it off. Does anybody know how? I really need to do this myself as I'm not working right now and the repair guy is expensive.

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Bob T -
May 15, 2012
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One more thing to thing about and check. How many clothes are in the Automatic Cycle when there is a problem? A small load or light items may not hit the sensor enough times which would cause the control to think the clothes are dry. I can help you remove the heater box but first is MGD5830TW0 the correct model you have?

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
May 16, 2012
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No, we're using the same amount of clothes we've always used. MGD5830TW0 is the correct model. So you believe the problem is the sensor?

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Bob T -
May 16, 2012
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I had to mention the size of the load. I believe the moisture sensor is the problem. It may only be a loose wire but it's the part that the clothes hit to tell the control how dry there are. You should not have to remove the heater box to replace the sensor pad. The image below may be helpful. The automatic sensor pad is part key 22 in the image and has a line under it. It mounts to the back of the tub. Sometimes wiping the bars with alcohol will help remove the fabric softener build up which sometimes prevents acurate moisture readings. The heater box has the thermal cut-off but this would only cause a no heat at all problem. The control thermostat is part key 8 and is mounted on the blower housing. This controls the heat in both the automatic and timed cycle. The sensor pad is part number 279366. The automatic dryness control is part number 8558178. If you hadn't already changed the timer I might suspect that. I believe the problem boils down to the sensor pad or the contol. While the sensor pad doesn't fail ofter check the connections and wipe the sensor bars down with alcohol first before we consider spending over a $100 dollars for the sensor control. Berfore making any checks or removing any parts rememeber to unplug the dryer first. The images below may be helpful

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
May 17, 2012
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Looks like it was the sensor pad. I could feel gunk on it and rubbed it clean with some rubbing alcohol and that fixed the problem. Thanks a bunch!

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Bob T -
May 23, 2012
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