Dryer wouldn't heat up at all.

ApplianceWhirlpool Dryer


Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repairLess than 15 mins

Age of Appliance1 - 4 years

Tools Pliers

Stephen From Wichita, KS

Jan 07, 2010

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Very simple fix in about 10 minutes

WARNING [[unplug the unit first]] this is 220V and would easily kill you if you make contact with the power contacts with the back removed.

There are about 10 screws (nut driver type) that hold on the back panel. Two of them also hold on a black plate that covers the electrical contacts (where the wall plug connects to the dryer) - make sure to remove them after the power cord is unplugged from the wall.
The back cover comes off, at the lower right there is a silver duct and the heater element fits up inside the bottom edge. Look for the red power wires leading to it. remove the nuts from each side of the element and slide it down to remove. Use plyers to gently remove the black controller from the element (don't bend or break the connectors...) then install the new element and put everything back together. You'll have to remove the lint exhaust tube from the rear - and I would vacuum everything out (also you can turn on the dryer with the exhaust tube off and stuff will blow out (this is a good thing). That lint buildup is one of the top causes of home fires each year.

If you are VERY CAREFUL you can test the new heater element to make sure that it's getting hot now. You can look down into the silver duct and see the coils get red-hot. Do not touch any part of the internal dryer with the power on, any red wires will shock you and can be fatal. If you're not 100% sure of what you're doing . . . . . skip this part and put the back on before testing!!!!

Vacuum the tube going to the outside too.
When you push the dryer back towards the wall, make sure not to bend the flexible vent tube. The best thing is to have it absolutely straight to the wall with no bend. If needed shorten it. the bends cause buildup, cost more to dry clothes by reducing the efficiency of the dryer, and allow heat to build up too. Simple repair and you're in business again!! :-)

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Heating Element - 240V 5400W

Part Number: PS334313

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