My drying element had to be replaced

ApplianceKitchenAid Dryer


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair30 - 60 mins

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Wrench set
Screw drivers

Joe From Los Gatos, CA

Sep 13, 2011

13 out of 16 people found this instruction helpful

Check that nothing else is broken. If you're replacing the drying element, chances are the thermocouple is broken, too. Also, replace your dryer vent with the new metallic, fire resistant one. The old one is probably clogged anyway. Now, to replace the element simply place the dryer on its front and take off the back panel (you only need a screwdriver). The heating element is at the lower right, if your standing behind the machine. It's in a metal shroud. Take off the leads, which are outside the shroud. Remove the 5/16 hex-screw (if you can get a socket in, great. I could not. You can also use a slotted offset screwdriver.) The head is inside the shroud and the tip points out toward you. Now, wrestle out the heating element. It's a tight fit, but a little pull and it should come out. Put the new one back in the same way, and again it may take a little wrestling. Now just replace the hex screw and the leads, put the back cover back on and flip it back up. You should have heat very quickly. I could do this repair a second time in about 15 minutes.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Heating Element - 240V

Part Number: PS384349

In Stock