bad heating element, found tons of lint buildup blocking exhaust vent

ApplianceWhirlpool Dryer


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair30 - 60 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Screw drivers
Socket set

frank From washington, NJ

Oct 11, 2013

removed the power, then the back cover. to remove the heating element en closer there is a bolt above the en closer that is a pain to get to and isnt visible but its there. once removed I got my multi meter and tested the resistance on both leads from the element itself they read open or max resistance which is an open or bad coil. I installed the new element and reassembled. after the reassembly I noticed an enormous amount of lint in the exhaust pipe. I removed the pipe then used my had to push it out. once that was done I reassembled and applied power everything worked like a brand new machine would. hope this helps make sure to check the exhaust vent pipe for lint buildup to ensure you dont blow another element.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Thermal Fuse

Part Number: PS345113

In Stock

Heating Element

Part Number: PS373014

In Stock