Level of DifficultyReally easy
Time to do repair15 - 30 mins
Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years
We have a 20 year old Whirlpool dryer and it stopped heating and drying. I searched online for causes and linked to this website. The problem list recommended the heating element replacement. I checked a local appliance store and they had the element for $91.00. I quickly ordered the element form the web site for half the price delivered. Not being too handy, I watched the installation video, grabbed my nut driver set and headed to the laundry room. The back came off in minutes and I was able to swap the element in about 5 minutes. I put the back on and tested...no heat. Back to the website and I ordered the next likely part, the thermal fuse. A day later the part arrived and another 15 minutes later I was again testing the dryer...no heat. Back to the website and ordered the Thermal cutoff kit and cycling thermostat. They arrived the next day..in fact I just got done fixing the dryer. First I replaced the cycling thermostat, no go. Then I replaced the high limit thermostat, nothing, then the thermal cut off fuse, and voila, heat in the dryer. Always start with the last part you would replace (always the way). I spent around $100 including shipping and although others may have been able to find it sooner, I now have a new heating element as well as all the other heat related parts. I probably saved a few hundred dollars bringing in a technician to fix this. I would recommend Parts Select to anyone with this or other appliance issues. Great website for the experienced DIYer or novices. Thanks Parts Select!