7 Ways to Fix a Maytag Centennial Dryer Not Spinning!

Generally, the drying performance of the Maytag Centennial dryer depends on its ability to spin. But what if the dryer won’t turn? What explains a Maytag Centennial dryer not spinning, and how do you troubleshoot it? 

Your Maytag Centennial dryer is not spinning because of a power failure, wrong setting, an incompletely latched door, a worn-out drum roller, or a faulty drive belt, motor, or idler pulley. 

One of these seven issues could be why your Maytag Centennial dryer won’t turn, and I’ll walk you through them. We will examine each case’s issues and highlight the fixes.

After that, we will look at a few other problems affecting the Centennial family, such as a Centennial dryer that won’t start or stop and a Centennial washer that won’t spin dry. That’ll enable you to fix most issues affecting your Maytag Centennial without calling an expert.

Let’s get into it! 

Maytag centennial dryer not spinning

In a hurry? Below is a quick guide to troubleshooting a Maytag Centennial dryer that won’t spin:

Quick Troubleshooting Guide for A Maytag Centennial Dryer Not Spinning

Likely CauseWhat to CheckRecommended Fix
1.Power Failure Loose power plug, tripped breaker, faulty socket (or under voltage), or blown-up fusePlug in the power plug firmly. If that is not the case, reset a tripped power breaker and replace a faulty socket or blown-up fuse
2.Wrong Setting Control Lock and Wrinkle ShieldDisable Control Lock and Wrinkle Shield 
3.Incompletely Latched Door Faulty door switchTest the door switch for electrical continuity and change it if it lacks it
4.Worn-Out Drum RollerReplace the drum roller
5.Faulty Drive Belt Loose, cracked, broken, or noisy beltReplace the drive belt
6.Faulty Drive Motor Broken or worn-out motor Replace the drive motor 
7.Bad Idler Pulley A squeaky or thumping drum sound Replace the idler pulley

Why Your Maytag Centennial Dryer Won’t Spin

Now, consider the seven issues discussed below when your Maytag Centennial dryer won’t spin:

1. The Dryer Might Not Be Getting Any Power (Power Failure)

Before your Centennial dryer can spin, it has to power on and start running. That, however, won’t happen if it doesn’t get any power. So, you’ve to begin by ensuring your dryer has power.

If the issue is not an outage, consider the following:

  • Loose power plug – You must plug in the power cable for the dryer to turn on. So, confirm that the power cable is not loose or unplugged.
  • Tripped breaker – If the dryer was running and suddenly stopped spinning, it could be because the breaker has tripped, perhaps due to a power surge. So, check that.
  • Faulty (or under voltage) socket – The dryer will also not power on if the power socket is faulty or is rated under 240v. You need the wall outlet to be 240v and working to turn on the dryer.
  • Blown-up fuse – A blown-up fuse may disrupt the dryer’s power supply, similar to a tripped breaker. So, you may need to check it too. 


Start by checking the power plug and firmly plug it into the wall socket. Then look at the power breaker and reset it if it’s off. If the dryer still doesn’t start, check the power socket. 

Use a multimeter to confirm its voltage supply if you are not sure and check its continuity. Replace the socket if it’s under 240v or lacks continuity.

And lastly, use a multimeter to check the fuse. If it lacks continuity, replace it, as that confirms its fault. 

2. Wrong Dryer Setting 

If the dryer turns on without issues but won’t run, it could be that a particular setting is preventing it from doing so. The settings include the following:

  • Control Lock – The Control Lock (CL) feature locks the dryer’s control panel, preventing it from running and spinning. You can tell if this setting is active from its status light.
  • Wrinkle Shield – A Maytag Centennial dryer won’t start or spin if the Wrinkle Shield setting is on. The setting allows the dryer to turn intermittently, almost unnoticeable, reducing wrinkling on clothes. 


It’s essential that you pick the right dryer setting. First, deactivate Control Lock if the setting is active. You can do that by holding down the cycle signal for about 3 seconds or until the Control Lock signal light goes off.

And if the Wrinkle Shield is on, deselect it and instead select Auto-Dry, Time-Dry, or Accu-Dry.

Maytag centennial dryer won't spin

3. Incompletely Latched Door

Your Centennial dryer will only start turning if the door is properly latched. The door may fail to lock fully because of not firmly closing it. At other times, however, the fault is the door switch.

If the door switch is damaged, it won’t be able to lock the door properly, and that’ll prevent the dryer from spinning.


You can tell if your dryer switch is faulty if it lacks continuity. So, check it with a multimeter and replace it if that’s the case. 

It’s, however, vital that you try latching the door firmly before thinking of replacing the door switch. Sometimes the door won’t lock, not because of a bad door switch but failure to shut it firmly or a trapped cloth (which you should remove).

4. Faulty Drive Belt 

It’s hard to talk about a non-spinning dryer without mentioning the drive belt. The rubber belt surrounds the drum and runs through a pair of pulleys to allow the drum to turn. 

So, if it’s faulty, the drum won’t turn. Overall, you can tell if your dryer belt is defective if it shows any of these signs:

  • Stretchy (a loose dryer belt)
  • Cracks or frailty
  • Breaks (a broken belt)


You should replace a faulty dryer belt. So, look for the above signs. Alternatively, try turning the drum by hand and listening to the sound the belt makes.

If the drum does turn but makes a grinding or squeaking sound, that confirms its fault. Overall, you cannot repair a faulty drive belt. You’ve to replace it. 

5. Worn-Out Drum Rollers 

The drum rollers are essential in spinning the dryer drum. They, however, wear out with time. And when they do, the drum cannot turn.

You can know if your drum rollers are worn out by removing the dryer belt and trying to run the drum by hand. If the drum doesn’t turn, the rollers are likely worn out. 


Once you confirm that the drum rollers are worn out, replace them. You can, however, request a dryer expert’s help. 

6. Faulty Drive Motor 

The drive motor is the other thing you wouldn’t want to start malfunctioning. If it does, then your dryer won’t turn. The drive motor spins the dryer drum and allows the blower to exit exhaust air. 

Overall, you should inspect the drive motor to determine if it’s making a humming noise. If it still hums, detach the belt and try moving the drum.

If the drum doesn’t turn, check for any obstructions on the blower wheel. But if there’s no obstruction, that indicates the drive motor is faulty.

Maytag centennial washer won't spin dry


Consider replacing the drive motor if it’s broken, worn out, or makes a humming sound while the blower is unobstructed.

7. Bad Idler Pulley

The idler pulley is the last dryer component you wouldn’t want to malfunction. Its spinning enables the drive belt to turn the drum and spin the clothes. 

You can tell if the idler pulley is faulty if the drum produces a squeaky or thumping sound as it tries to rotate. 


Replace the idler pulley if the drum is squeaking or thumping as it tries to turn. 

Maytag Centennial Washer Won’t Spin Dry

If you have a Maytag Centennial washer that leaves wet clothes at the end, you should identify and fix the issue. Overall, here are the likely reasons why your Maytag washer won’t spin dry clothes:

  • Slow spin – Your dryer won’t spin dry clothes, especially bulky garments if it’s spinning slowly. So, check if you’ve selected No-Spin or Low-Spin, deselect them, and then select a high-speed spin instead. 
  • Unstable washer – If the washer is unsteady, the clothes will go out of balance, preventing the washer from spinning correctly. So, you’ll have wet heaps. The issue is fixable by stabilizing the washer’s feet.
  • Unbalanced or bulky load – The clothes might also be wet because they aren’t balanced in the washer or are too bulky to spin. So, you must check the load, balance it, and avoid excessively bulky laundry.
  • Error code – Sometimes, an error code can prevent the washer from completing a cycle. And once it aborts a cycle prematurely, the clothes remain wet. So, you may need to reset the dryer to clear the error.
  • Poor drainage – If water doesn’t drain, perhaps because of a blocked hose or an incorrect drain pipe height, fix your washer’s drainage if there’s an issue.
  • Power failure – And lastly, the washer will abort the spin cycle prematurely if there’s a sudden power failure. So, you’ve to confirm that your washer has power. If it doesn’t, look for the fault or call a local electrician. 

Centennial Maytag Dryer Won’t Start

As shared earlier, one of the main reasons a dryer won’t spin is that it won’t start. And when it comes to a Maytag Centennial dryer that won’t start, consider these issues:

  • The start button could be faulty or not well pressed in 
  • Lack of power (tripped breaker, unplugged power cable, blown up fuse, or power outage)
  • Defective or disengaged dryer door
  • Locked controls (primarily due to active Child Lock

Maytag Centennial Dryer Not Stopping

At times, the Maytag Centennial dryer won’t stop. It runs nonstop. That’s likely to be the case due to these issues:

  • Vent clogging 
  • Obstructed blower wheel
  • Clogged lint filter
  • Faulty moisture sensor 
  • Bad timer 
Maytag centennial dryer not stopping

People Also Ask

1. Why Is My Maytag Centennial Dryer Not Spinning?

Several issues could stop your Maytag Centennial dryer from spinning. It could be that your dryer has no power and won’t start or that Child Lock locks its controls.

It also could be that the drive motor, dryer belt, drum roller, or idler pulley are defective. In the last case, you should replace the faulty part.

2. How Do I Fix My Maytag Dryer That Won’t Spin?

You can fix a Maytag dryer that won’t spin by:

  • Disabling Control Lock if it’s on
  • Opting for a high-speed spin instead of a low spin 
  • Fixing a faulty door switch 
  • Replacing a defective drive belt, motor, idler pulley, or drum roller

3. Why Does the Dryer Turn On but Not Spin?

A dryer will often turn on but fail to spin because of a defective dryer belt. The belt could be stretched, cracked, or broken. Thus, it’s unable to turn the drum. If that’s the case, replace the belt. (Xanax)  

Closing Remarks On a Maytag Centennial Dryer Not Spinning:

As shared, your Maytag Centennial dryer won’t spin because of an issue with its power supply, setting, door, drive belt, motor, drum roller, or idler pulley. So, consider all seven and address them accordingly, as shared in the troubleshooting guide above.