Model #PYE4558AYW MAYTAG Residential Dryer

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Why does my Maytag dryer sounds like a clock ticking and won't run or heat?

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It does sound like the thermal fuse is blown in your dryer according to your description. To access the thermal fuse, you can unplug the dryer and raise the top panel of the dryer. Clips on the front of the top panel secure it to the dryer cabinet. Push a putty knife in the gap between the top panel and the front panel to release the clip on each side of the top panel. Pull the top panel up and hinge it backward. On the back left side of the dryer, you will see the heater box Key 2 in the first image below. The thermal fuse (Key 5) will be attached to this heater box. The thermal fuse should have white wires connected to it. If you have a volt/ohm meter, you can check the resistance through this fuse by pulling the wires off (with the dryer still unplugged) and measuring resistance across the leads of the fuse. It should measure near zero ohms of resistance (continuity) if it is good. If it measures infinite resistance (open) then it is blown and will need to be replaced. From your details, I am thinking that you may not have a volt/ohm meter. Another way to verify that this is your failure would be to carefully connect the wires that attach to the thermal fuse and tape them together with electrical tape. This would "jump" the thermal fuse to check for motor run. With these wires taped together and insulated with electrical tape, lower the top panel and plug the dryer back in. Start the dryer to see if it runs. If it does, then the thermal fuse will need to be replaced. Do not leave the thermal fuse jumped and continue to use the dryer. It is an important safety device that must be replaced. You can order a thermal fuse kit (shown in the second image below). The part number for this kit is LA-1053. You can order this part from the Sears PartsDirect website.

If the thermal fuse was blown, I recommend checking the lint screen area for a build-up of lint. Clean this area. If you use dryer softening sheets, I recommend pulling the lint screen out and washing it thoroughly with water and letting it dry completely. Softener residue can build up on this screen and restrict air flow. Check the flexible vent behind your dryer and the exhaust duct system to the outside of your home for lint build-up or other restrictions. This will prevent the thermal fuse from blowing again right away.

If the thermal fuse is apparently not the cause of your dryer problem, resubmit your question with additional details.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician

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