maytag dryers

Information about the problems and breakdowns of Maytag dryers that were reported from 1997 to 2021.

Common problems: blowing up, burning, electric shock, fire, overheating, smell, smoke.

Faulty modules: control board, display, door, door latch, drum, filter, heating element, rack, screen, sensor, valve.


1 safety recalls announced

Gas Dryers Repair by Maytag Appliances

  • Date: 1/21/1997

An electrical switch in the Magic Chef, Admiral, Crosley, Norge, and Signature brands gas dryer can malfunction. This malfunction can result in the dryer overheating, posing a potential fire hazard.

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30 issues reported

Maytag Neptune MDE5500AYW

  • Date: 5/12/2011

Consumer reports that the clothes dryer made a noise and when he opened the door there was a flash and bang like a loud pop. Consumer says electrical black smoke came from inside the drum and filled the room. Consumer says unplugged the unit and vented the room.

Maytag MDE9700AYW

  • Date: 8/17/2011

Consumer began to hear noises from electric dryer. Technician, who came to repair it, informed her that wires were burned up inside of drum & inside of dryer as well as insulating material around drum.

Maytag Bravos QuietSeries 300 MEDB400VQ0

  • Date: 8/30/2011

Consumer reports that when the electric clothes dryer is run on medium or regular (high) out of its five heat settings, there is immediately a burnt smell after starting it. The back vent of the dryer is turning brown and looks as if burnt. It tested fine with no clothes.

Maytag MDG9700AWW

  • Date: 10/18/2011

Consumer reports that after the gas clothes dryer was dones smell overwhelming and persisted despite tightening the gas line . Consumer says a repair shop told her that the gas valve was not shuting and staying open, and recommended her to buy a new unit.

Maytag Neptune MDE9700AYW

  • Date: 12/27/2011

45 YOF reported that the drum weld is falling apart at the seal of dryer, and little pieces of metal are coming loose while drying and ending up in the clothes.

Maytag MEDC500VW0

  • Date: 7/19/2012

Consumer reports that the heating element in the back of the dryer gets fire red even when the unit is in a low setting. She noticed that her outlet was smoldering, melting and smoking, and her wall was blackened as if ready to catch on fire.

Maytag Neptune MDE9700AYW

  • Date: 8/21/2012

While electric dryer was in use on sensor dry mode, 42 YOF smelt fire. Electrical wires from the dryer were smoldering down to the plug. Consumer stated that dryer was clean, lightly used & no lint clogged anywhere.

Maytag Bravo 300 MEDB400VQ0

  • Date: 11/8/2012

Consumer reports that when this gas clothes dryer is used on any of the sensor cycles, the sensors don't work but the dryer continues to run. Several times the clothes have been too hot to touch. Replacing the sensor or the top panel has not resolved the issue.

Maytag MED5870TWO

  • Date: 11/19/2012

Consumer stated that her dryer continuously runs while in dryer mode & she has to open door to stop it. She has experienced dryer operating for hours until morning. She has not seen any visible damage to unit or clothing.

Maytag MED850WQ0

  • Date: 1/3/2013

Eight months after purchase of dryer inside drum would become wet with dust stuck inside drum & clothes would not dry. Technician found that vacuum pulley nut came off & belt to vacuum was lying loose next to it. Same defect has cause dryer to malfunction 3 times.

Maytag MGDX700XL1

  • Date: 1/30/2013

A gas clothes dryer was on the wrinkle free cycle, when the smoke alarm went out in the home & his kitchen was filled with smoke. The consumer immediately turned the dryer off & unplugged it. There was a burn on the back of the dryer on the bulk-head.

Maytag MGDC300XW1

  • Date: 3/19/2013

Consumer’s new gas powered clothes dryer caught fire.

Maytag Neptune MDE6700AYW

  • Date: 3/20/2013

Consumer reports that the metal holder within the electric clothes dryer that holds the power control board (PCB) became fatigued and the metal box and the PCB fell onto the rotating drum. As the drum rotates, the PCB wires would rub against it posing an electric shock hazard

Maytag MEDC400VW0

  • Date: 4/16/2013

Consumer's wife smelled burning/hot smell & when consumer checked unit dryer element was glowing red but timer displayed off position. He unplug it & pull it out because it was hot. He reported that was injured, no 1st aid received. This dryer has overheated twice.

Maytag Neptune MDE9700AYW

  • Date: 8/18/2013

Consumer reported about the electric clothes dryer. The dryer's drum breaks, starts with a crack and eventually break. The clothing is broken and even burns.

Maytag Epic MED9700SQ

  • Date: 2/16/2014

Sometimes removing dryer lint seemed to slightly snag at screen-edges. Snagging became more noticeable & consumer noticed screen-to-frame separation, 2-3 inches along inner frame edge. 47 YOM reports fire hazard. He was injured and received no first aid.

Maytag MDE7600AYW

  • Date: 3/22/2015

The consumer states that the wires that go into the heating unit of this electric dryer overheat and burn the insulation off.

Maytag Bravos XL MEDB880BW

  • Date: 9/30/2015

The heating element on the electric clothes dryer failed and fused itself to the frame of the dryer, making the body of the dryer an electrocution hazard. The consumer stated that the lead wire of the heating element separated at one of the crimped locations due to heat.

Maytag MGD6000AW1

  • Date: 1/18/2017

The consumer stated that the gas clothes dryer started vibrating and making noise. When he started to troubleshoot, he found an excess of lint build up in the blower wheel. He stated that despite cleaning the lint screen after each use, the lint duct has large amounts of lint

Maytag MEDC200XW

  • Date: 4/6/2017

The electric dryer had to be repaired for the same electrical issue 4 times now. The main board or controls wiring have burned completely 4 times as well as other wiring. This wiring unit was replaced four times d/t the same issue happening again & again. Fire Hazard.

Maytag MEDEX700XL0

  • Date: 5/22/2017

The main control panel on my home Electric Dryer shorted out and caught fire. It did not cause damage to the laundry room or my home other than soot staining on walls and very strong electrical burning smell. Most concerning is happened when the dryer was not in use.

Maytag MED6000XW

  • Date: 6/9/2017

While in use on regular setting, steam valve on dryer failed flooding the drum including load. This caused eventual overheating and actual fire.

Maytag MGDB835DW

  • Date: 8/2/2017

Gas clothes dryer has sharp, pointed, triangular protrusion that is part of door latch mechanism. 70 YOM has been scratched by it several times. He received deep cut with bleeding on his forearm as he transferred laundry to dryer. He received first aid.

Maytag Centennial MEDC215EW1

  • Date: 2/5/2018

Recently consumer noticed that there had been some sort of overheating going on near back of dryer at grill. She removed clothing & when she took out one of sweatshirts, which was near grill, there were burn marks on it. She saw that grill toward back was black.

Maytag MEDC215EW1

  • Date: 9/6/2018

The consumer reported that the dryer lint filter bypasses a large volume of lint d/t a gap where the bottom on the screen filter meets the exhaust plenum of the electric dryer. This causes the exhaust system of the dryer to build up and plug prematurely causing a fire hazard.

Maytag MEDB850YW0

  • Date: 12/23/2018

The consumer stated that the clothes dryer caught on fire while it was drying a load of clothes on the normal cycle and melted the circuit board.

Maytag MEDX655DW1

  • Date: 10/24/2019

Consumer reports that the dryer at home overheated during use. Consumer shut the dryer off and discovered that the heating element would not disengage unless the door was open or the dryer was unplugged. Entire back of dryer was hot to the touch.

maytag MEDX655DW1

  • Date: 9/3/2020

The Consumer stated that their clothes dryer will not shut off when the clothes are dry. The Consumer stated that even if it was switched to timed dry for, say 20 minutes, it will run all night until the door is opened. The Consumer believes that this is a fire hazard.

Maytag Bravos MEDB850WQ0

  • Date: 5/12/2021

Dryer had an electrical fire destroying wiring harness & main control. Heat inside dryer warped plastic surrounding vent screen. 66 YOF burned arm removing clothing from dryer & didn't get 1st aid. She stated, that it was a series of incidents which ended in electrical fire.

Maytag MGDB850WQO

  • Date: 12/1/2021

Consumer reported, that recently they smelled burning plastic coming from gas dryer. Lint inside of dryer was cleaned few months ago. Consumer found that inside of dryer caught fire & burnt up some of electrical connections. It was electrical fire which put itself out.

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