No heat in the dryer, sometimes

ApplianceAmana Dryer


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair15 - 30 mins

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Socket set

EWayne From San Marcos, TX

May 29, 2012

First up...everything for this repair in this type of Amana dryers can be accessed from the front. I didn't realize this until pulling out the dryer and seeing no back access. I pulled and tested the High Limit thermal fuse, limit thermostat, heating element and cycling thermostat for continuity. Bad news was they all tested fine. I suspected the heating element, but decided to replace all four of the possible problem parts. Dryer is almost 14 years old, and this is first repair, so its not like we haven't gotten value from the unit. Ordered the parts from PartSelect, and they got here crazy fast. Now that I knew to go in from the front of the unit, change-out was quick and easy. Only thing I struggled with a bit was the orientation of the replacement fuses/thermostat - and I don't know if it makes a difference. I just tried to match up with the lettering on the molded plastic part (not the pasted on paper), same as the old part. Re-start confirmed dryer functionality restored - hot as hell as a matter of fact. One thing we were very lucky on was that we never got a dryer fire with all the built up lint that gets by the filter. I would urge anyone to vacumn out the inside of their dryer every now and then...don't know what the right frequency is, say every 5 or 6 years or so, but 13 years is absolutely too long. I checked the owner's manual and it didn't provide any guidance or warning about this.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

High Limit Thermal Fuse

Part Number: PS2041343

In Stock

Limit Thermostat

Part Number: PS2177455

In Stock

Heating Element - 240V

Part Number: PS2200820

In Stock

Cycling Thermostat

Part Number: PS2200835

In Stock