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    I have a Maytag gas dryer, model #MDG6200AWW. Problem I have is when I try and start the dryer, the finish cycle buzzer goes off. I have tried the timer knob in every position and I get the same result of the buzzer going off. Is this maybe a bad timer?
    Thanks for any help or direction you can put me in.

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    Hi,

    Normally the motor is in the run position and when the timer shuts off the power to the motor it will coast from running to a stop.....as the motor coasts down the buzzer is activated until the motor stops....also the motor switches from a run mode to a start mode to get ready for the next cycle....kinda sounds like the motor is sticking in the run mode.
    Make sure the motor is not jammed up with some lint or such.....if this doesn't help the motor will likely need to be replaced as the mechanical centrifigul mechanism inside the motor is jamming up.

    Maytag Gas Dryer Won't Start-drive-motor-w10410997-00557973-jpg Dryer drum drive motor Manufacturer Number W10410997

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    Jeff,

    Thank you for your response. Once I get to the motor and I vacuum/blow out the lint and dust, is there anyway to test the motor to make sure this is the problem?

    Thanks

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    Sounds like the timer to me. Timer motor contact not making connection. If motor switch was stuck in run position, this parallels the start switch so buzzer would sound without you having to press start switch.

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    I guess the question now is if there is a way to test the timer? I would just buy one and try it, but both these parts run about $100/piece.

    Thanks

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    Unplug dryer. Disconnect yellow and gray wires from timer. Place timer in run position. Check continuity between terminals where yellow and gray wires were. Should be zero ohms (dead short).

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    Once I get to the motor and I vacuum/blow out the lint and dust, is there anyway to test the motor to make sure this is the problem?
    Once you blow out the motor, just try the dryer normally to see what happens.
    If sticking in the run mode I can sometimes ( power off ) move the centrifugal mechanism in the motor to the rest/off state.

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    Even if the motor switch was stuck in the run position, it cannot cause the buzzer to sound unless there is no hot side power to the motor due to a timer fault. Also, if motor switch was stuck in run position, the motor would start humming as soon as you moved timer knob away from off position if there was power to it via timer contacts as normal.
    Last edited by thefixer; 11-14-2013 at 11:06 PM.

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    elleken, this may be way over your head but I will give it a try. The first photo shows the current path when you first turn the timer on. Timer contact 1 and 4 close, applying hot side power to both sides of the buzzer. Buzzer will not operate this way, it must have hot on one side and neutral on the other to operate. Motor doesn't run until you complete the neutral path to the motor by pressing the start switch. This completes neutral path to both run and start winding of the motor. The motor starts, centrifugal switch closes so that when you release the start switch the path is still completed to run winding only through that centrifugal switch. Dryer runs, buzzer is silent. The second photo shows what happens when timer cycle ends and timer contact 1 opens (contact 4 stays closed). Hot side power is removed from motor but centrifugal switch is still closed completing neutral until motor stops rotating. This now applies neutral to the buzzer. Buzzers sounds until motor stops, opening centrifugal switch, cutting off neutral path. If timer is faulty in that contact 1 does not close when you turn timer on, when you press the start switch, you are applying neutral to the buzzer. If motor switch was stuck in run position, buzzer would sound as soon as you turned timer on without you having to press start switch. You may not get this at all, but others reading who have electrical/technical background will.




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    if motor switch was stuck in run position, the motor would start humming as soon as you moved timer knob away from off position
    Often hear a light hummmmm yes.

    Even if the motor switch was stuck in the run position, it cannot cause the buzzer to sound unless there is no hot side power to the motor due to a timer fault.
    Have seen this occur.
    Can also happen when the start switch is welded closed.

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