Model #SDE3606AYW Maytag residential dryer

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  • Wiring Informtion (series 11)
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Question and Answers

Q:

maytag dryer sde3606ayw

A:

Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

 The cycling thermostat must close and complete the circuit across the Red and Orange wires once the cycling thermostat is satisfied. Once the dryer reaches operating temperature, the Red and Purple contacts open to shut the heater off but at the same time, the Red and Orange wires must make in order to line one (L1) voltage to the timer motor. The timer must also close timer contact one (GY to OR) or the timer will not have voltage in order to advance. 

The cycling thermostat is located on the blower wheel cover.

I recommend calling a service technician to diagnose and repair your dryer. It could have a timer failure, cycling thermostat failure or a loose wire connection in the orange wire connection between the cycling thermostat and the timer.

 If you get to the point where you need to have a service technician diagnose and repair this failure, you can schedule service through this link: Sears Home Services.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
April 25, 2013
Q:

My Maytag electric dryer #sde3606ayw is not heating. I believe it is the heating element. For awhile before that it was taking a long time to dry.

A:

Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

There could be many reasons why the dryer is not heating:

  • Lack of proper voltage (Try resetting the 2 house circuit breakers dedicated for the dryer)
  • Heating element
  • High limit thermostat
  • Cycling thermostat/Operating thermostat
  • Temperature switch
  • Timer
  • Motor centrifugal switch

I added an image below with the heating circuit traced in red and green. The heating element must receive 220 volts in order to heat. The first thing that should be checked and confirmed is the voltage supply. The voltage should measure 220 volts when measuring across the two outside terminals where the power cord is attached to the back of the dryer. NOTE: I do not recommend measuring voltage unless you have experience and feel safe and confident in doing so; otherwise I recommend calling a service technician to diagnose and repair your dryer.

If the dryer is getting the proper voltage (220) then you will need to disconnect the power cord and disconnect and test each component connected in a series circuit with the heating element. You will need an Ohm meter to test each component for continuity. Whichever one component tests open/no continuity; replace that component.

I added a couple of images below to reference. If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
April 11, 2012
Q:

dryer model # sde3606ayw dryer temp continues to rise will overheat and burn clothing if not shut off how to troubleshoot this appliance?

A:

Hi Jerry,

Thank you for submitting a question to Manage My Life.

The first thing you should check is the operating temperatures. Pull the flexible vent hose off of the back of the dryer and make sure your laundry area is well ventilated for this test. Make sure that the lint screen is clean. Start a medium load of wet laundry on high heat with the dryer exhausting directly into the laundry room. Measure the temperature of the air coming from the middle of the exhaust vent behind the dryer with an accurate thermometer. The dryer should heat up to about 150 degrees (between 140 to 160). The heating element should then cycle off since the operating thermostat should open at this temperature. The air should cool down about 20 degrees and then the operating thermostat should close and the heating element should heat back up to 150 degrees. The dryer should continue to cycle at those temperatures. If the dryer is not cycling properly at these temperatures, then the operating thermostat will most likely need to be replaced or the heating element may be grounded. Do not continue running your dryer with the vent disconnected. This is for testing purposes only.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website; Sears Home Services .

Here is a link that you may use to view the parts list diagram or purchase any parts needed for your Maytag model number SDE3606AYW dryer .

I hope this is helpful. Check the things I have covered here and if I may be of further assistance please reply to this post with details of what you find.

Landell

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Landell -
Sears Technician
April 21, 2012

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