Dryer runs but does not produce heat, bad heating element

ApplianceFrigidaire Dryer


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair30 - 60 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Pliers
Screw drivers

George From Worcester, MA

Jan 21, 2014

I unplugged the dryer from the power outlet and removed two screws from the back of the top cover and removed the cover. Then I laid the dryer down on its back for easy access to the screws on the bottom of the front side. I then removed two screws from the front bottom cover to clear the way for two more screws for the front main panel and door. Then I removed those two screws that attach the front panel and door to the dryer from the bottom of the dryer front. I then stood the dryer back up on its 4 pegs. I removed the top 4 screws connecting the control panel to the cross bar on top. Then I removed the two screws from inside the dryer accessing them from the top of the dryer, holding the front panel. With little and gentle force I pulled the front panel and door from the dryer housing, making sure not to loose the 4 snaps that come off with it. I removed two screws from the access panel to get access to the pulley in the lower back of the dryer. I loosened the tensioner by pushing it to the side and pulled the belt off the pulley. Next I needed to remove the drum which is connected by three screws in the center of the inside of the drum to a small plate on the outside that is attached to a ball that goes into a grease box. I then wiggled the drum out of the dryer. With some force I pushed the plate upwards to disengage it from the grease box and removed it. I unplugged the electrical wires connected to the thermostat and element. I then removed 4 screws from the back of the dryer that hold the heating element housing and removed the housing. I replaced the heating element and housing and the belt and put the dryer back in reverse order.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Heating Element Assembly

Part Number: PS418120

In Stock

Drum Belt

Part Number: PS1148434

In Stock