Dryer stopped heating

ApplianceKenmore Dryer


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repairLess than 15 mins

Age of Appliance1 - 4 years

Tools Pliers

Donald From Superior, CO

May 12, 2009

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Our electric dryer slowly got less hot over a number of months until it just stopped putting out any heat at all. Diagnosing the problem took a couple of hours.

1. Checked and reset the main breakers to the dryer
2. Ran the dryer with the vent disconnected to see if it would heat up. This checks for blockage in the vent.
3. Unplugged the dryer.
4. Had to figure out how to remove the rear panel of the dryer.
5. Tested the two fuses and the heating coil for continuity using a volt meter on resistance (ohms) setting.
6. Checked the vent pipe for blockage. Gave it a cleaning just to be certain.
7. Ordered the part.

Diagnosing the issue took a bit of time since there are a number of things to check before being certain the issue was just the coil.

8. Removed the dryer coil. Using pliers to pull the connectors loose from the assembly - remember where the connectors go!
9. Removed a plastic adapter from the old heating coils and put it on the replacement coils.
10. Reconnected the wires to the replacement coil assembly.
11. Bolted everything back in place, and I was done.

It took less than 15 minutes to install the new coil assembly. The longest single task, about 10 minutes, was figuring out how to remove the connector from the old assembly and installing it on the replacement assembly.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Heating Element - 240V 5400W

Part Number: PS334313

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