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Dryer-ea: or How To Replace the Thermal Fuse in a Maytag Performa Dryer Model PYE2300AYW

with 25 comments

So about a week and a half ago we returned home to discover that our clothes dryer would not turn on.  Hoping it was something easy, I checked the only thing I knew to check:  the breaker box.  Visions of money spent on a new appliance were dancing around my head as I found that the breaker was good. 

It was that moment when I decided that I would use my trusty Google fingers and try to discover whether this was a commonly diagnosed issue and easily repaired.  I’m don’t have much “fix-it” experience, I mean, I shave my head so I don’t have to fix my hair, but I really want to learn this kind of stuff!    

It turns out there are a lot of things that can go wrong with a dryer!  Who knew?  I found videos about the timer, the thermal fuse, the thermostat, etc.  I watched a video where a gentleman removed the door of the dryer to check these wires.  He also removed a back panel to check the timer.  The dryer in his videos closely resembled ours, so I borrowed a voltage tester from my amazing mentor and went about my checking. 

It should’ve been the first sign when I discovered that our timer had around five million more wires than the one in the film.  However, this did not deter me.  I attempted to check the timer wilth inconclusive results. 

As I was unscrewing the door, after being told that all I had to do was pop up the top, and after hearing [ANATOMICAL EUPHEMISM AND METAPHOR AHEAD] the pair of nuts drop off inside the machine with no way of removing the front like in the lying video, did I finally stop and research a little more.  And guess what?!  The top of the dryer pops open, giving you access to the wired innards!  No emasculating required!

Once I got inside the appliance, I was quickly able to determine that the thermal fuse was out and needed to be replaced.  I tracked down the parts locally and now had to trust Google to help me install them.  No matter where I looked, I could find no detailed instructions anywhere!!  Only comments like:  “I replaced the thermal fuse and it was SOOO EASY!” or “Thermal fuse?!  More the thermal CRUISE!” or “I let me four month old replace this part because it was so simple.”  I stared at the setup, but had no clue how this infant prodigy accomplished this feat!  Insistant on avoiding another episode similar to the nut dropping, I returned to Google yet again and found these three country fried videos below:

After watching these amazing videos, replacing the fuse was pretty easy!  So, I figured I’d write this up with the model number and all in the title to assist other tentative, new fix-it dudes out there who need practical information.


Written by jovid52

February 1, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Posted in adventures

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  1. Searched for hours on how to remove/access the thermal fuse. Your instructions were the best. My dryer is now working like new. Much appreciation.


    October 16, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    • Awesome! That is exactly what I hoped! Those videos made the repairs simple! Thanks!


      October 16, 2012 at 9:28 pm

  2. I busted out laughing when I read about your nuts dropping (immature giggle) because that’s exactly what happened to me! Pretty much everything you wrote has been my experience except I don’t shave my head and I’ve made several calls to my dad and my guy friends.
    So now I just need to know… Did you find a way to retrieve your nuts or did you just get some new ones? (hehehe! That really never gets old.)


    March 25, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    • Ha! I was only able to get one! The other is lost forever, RIP!


      March 25, 2013 at 9:39 pm

  3. Just thought I’d leave a comment saying thanks so much for this blog post and the videos. It was exactly what I needed to repair our dryer.


    April 20, 2013 at 7:29 pm

  4. I watched the video and listened – got the parts and fixed my dryser – it saved me $500+ because I did noit have to get a new dryer. Thanks!!!!!!


    May 3, 2013 at 3:48 pm

  5. Thank you so much. I can usually work on anything, AS LONG AS I HAVE INSTRUCTIONS. I diagnosed the problem right from the video, ordered the parts for $ 7.56 from Amazon, No Tax, No Shipping. Hated waiting for 4 days, wife REALLY hated the wait, But, It was worth it. As I type, it is on it’s first run and purring like a kitten. Once, 2 years ago I had to replace the screaming bearings at the back of the drum, including the shafts. I went to the internet then and fixed it again. Many thanks and I am going to recommend you to everybody ! Mitch Thurmer, Benton, TN

    Mitchell Thurmer

    July 1, 2013 at 3:57 pm

  6. So glad to have found your page – it took all the guesswork out of this job. I hope I never have to deal with this issue again but if I do I’ll be ready for it. Thanks for taking the time to create this video, saved us a lot of money and time!


    September 20, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    • So glad it helped! I’m just the simple messenger who found these clips on YouTube in a time of need and shared them!

      Had the heating element go out last week in the same dryer & all I needed to know was right here!


      September 20, 2013 at 4:04 pm

  7. Thanks for posting these. I have the exact model Maytag you show here and the videos made it easy to change out the thermostat (burnt!) and the fuse. Much appreciated.


    November 14, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    • You bet! My heating element went out last month & these will help with that as well!


      November 14, 2013 at 2:21 pm

  8. This is fantastic and was a huge help for me to make this fix today. Thank you so much for taking the time to put it together! I’ve never fixed anything electrical before, but reading this and watching the videos gave me every confidence that I could pull it off. Thanks again!


    November 17, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    • Awesome!! Congrats & I’m so glad it was helpful! I felt the same way when the dryer stopped working for me…


      November 17, 2013 at 6:48 pm

  9. I have tried part of it and I think this may be my problem also. Now I just need to buy the fuse. Thanks for making this video………….


    December 23, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    • Glad this was helpful! I didn’t make the videos, though…just a guy tryin to save some $ and found em on the net!


      December 23, 2013 at 10:55 pm

  10. Thank you so much for the detailed videos! This helped us track down the problem and fix it.

    -Marc in California

    Marc McAllister

    January 22, 2014 at 4:53 pm

  11. thanks for the video on how to replace a thermal fuse on my maytag dryer . you saved me the expensive cost of a repair man or a new dryer. it was a very indept video thanks Audrey Woodland

    Audrey Woodland

    March 28, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    • That’s great! I was so excited to find and share these videos!


      March 28, 2014 at 12:36 pm

  12. I first went on a parts retailer site, got the correct diagnosis, figured it was within my capability and if I botched it, just get a new one. Started the project and quickly found the retailer’s video on a gas version was a lot more complicated. They even had me removing the drum — added 2 hours unnecessarily. Found your video and it was spot on. Thanks! BTW, I wrote back to the parts folks, pointed out the differences, and suggested they look at yours. My symptoms were stopped in the middle of a cycle. No power, machine is about 10 years old with light use.

    Dave G

    August 13, 2014 at 2:32 pm

  13. I replaced the thermal fuse easily with your help. I checked the vent on the outside of the house to find the installer did not correctly install it. He was lazy and skipped steps.


    December 11, 2014 at 1:33 pm

  14. The only thing more helpful than the video links was your honest humor. I have a background in physics and approached this task as a distraction to my daughter’s Saturday morning cartoons. I did avoid the top opening fiasco by using a putty knife as directed by a lesser link, but once inside I was as confused as on my wedding night. A simple schematic diagram, accurately sized and labeled would have saved me from disassembling it to its base components. Anyway, your post reduced my desire to give up physics and pursue a degree in Medieval Alchemy.


    March 29, 2015 at 1:41 pm

  15. Thanks for making and posting the videos. They were extremely helpful!


    January 2, 2017 at 12:58 pm

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