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PartSelect Number PS11742505
The heating element provides heat to your dryer during the drying cycle. If you notice that your dryer is taking too long to dry clothes, or is providing little or no heat, you may need to replace the heating element. This element carries 5200W and 240V. Be sure to disconnect the power to the dryer before completing this repair. Please note, this element no longer includes two terminals and two adapter leads. They must be ordered separately. The leads are OEM part number 279457. The dryer heating element is located in the back of your dryer, so you will need to remove the back panel to access this part.
This part works with the following brands: Whirlpool, Admiral, Estate, Inglis, Kenmore, KitchenAid, Roper, Maytag, Crosley, Jenn-Air, Hardwick, Magic Chef, Amana, Caloric & Glenwood.
This part fixes the following symptoms:
After removing the back (five nut screws), lifting the top (two lint filter screws), I diagnosed the problem (timer, fuse and sensors tested OK - heating element broken). I uninstalled the heating element cage sensors (three nut screws) but did not unwire them. Then I removed the heating element cage (one nut screw on top and lift) - the right angle screwdriver was very helpful. I removed the broken element (one nut screw on bottom). Ordered from Parts Select online because they had the element for a better price & quicker expedited shipping than Sears. As soon as the part arrived (two days!), I rewired and installed the element and assembled the dryer in the reverse order of the above process. Total time from package arrival to drying clothes (BIG stack) - 30 minutes!
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I realized from this issue years ago that it was porbably the heating element. I took the dryer to the garage and remove the back and figured out how to get the heating element out. Once I had it out it had a break in the coil so I knew I needed that part. I hit parts select on line and ordered the part. I left everything in the garage and waited for the part. In a couple of days it came and I put it in and took the dryer back to the laundy knook, gave it a test run and Its all good!
Dryer was taking long time to dry cloths, electric bill seemed higer than usual, used 1/4" nutdriver, removed rear panel, opened top cover w/screw driver to pry with, marked all wires with blk tape to id them later. Did thorugh inspect/clean of link section to propeller baleds 1 hr, continuity check of heater, switches etc found heater lower than spec, ordered heater, continued to clean all sections & vents, installed new vent hose, pulled about 2lbs of sand, dust, lint from all sections, heater works great now, clothes dry quick. New heater core came in mail and installed it. The newer elecment was 5200 watts, orig was 5400 watts, ohms was same, size etc. The unit works like a charm. Notes:Did not check or lubricat the drum. Drum is very squeaky, belt in good shape. Dryer is 20yrs old. Will replace when I can afford it! for now I can live with some sqeaks, anyway as I am getting older my hearing is going away, Good luck.
The big problem I had with this project is having the parts delivered after they were shipped from seller.Cut power off. Removed the rear access panel. Labeled wires for proper replacement. Removed wires from Thermal cut off fuses. Removed the lint screen. Removed 2 retaining screws from lint track. Raised top cover. Removed retaining bracket screw. Removed Heating Element Box. Removed one screw from bottom of heating element. Removed defective heating element. Installed new heating element using one screw on the bottom. Located element box back in position. Attached retaining bracket and screw in the top of element box. Closed top cover. Replaced lint track retaining screws. Reconnected all wires in proper locations. Replaced rear access screws. Return power to dryer. Turned dryer on and it instantly started blowing hot air out of the exhaust. Dryer is in service as of this time.
Used the dryer illustrated parts list to find the heater. Used a multi-meter to determine that the heater had no resistance, meaning it was open and could not heat. Removed the heating element held to the dryer with one hex screw with a wrench. Purchased a replacement heating element and received it within 2 days. Screwed the new heating element with a hex wrench again. The dryer works like new now.
One screw held element. Removed back of dryer. Removed screw, pulled out failed element. Slid new element in. Put in and tightened screw. Replaced back. Only two problems: screw head was pointed away; replacing air duct to wall tube (always is a problem for me).
I followed the advice that was already published for my Dryer. I removed the cover on the rear of the Dryer, Disconnected the two wires attached to the Heating Element. I positioned the Dryer on its side so that it was easier to remove the one sheet metal screw holding the Heating Element in a metal box. Removed the old Heating element. I found where to coil was open. Installed the new Heating element. Put everything back together. Turned the dryer on and there was heat in the Dryer. Thanks to all who posted for the excellent advice.
Pulled out the old element (by removing the two screws that hold it in place) About a couple of inches and disconnected the two wires. I then inserted the new element and screwed it in place and connected the wires. Just took two of us to fix the problem...one to tilt the dryer forward and the other to put in the element. I am so happy I didn't have to go out and purchase a new dryer........new ones are way too expensive!
tested the heating element with a multimeter and got no reading.ordered and got the part (3 days flat,excellent).removed a few hex head screws in back to drop the panel,popped the top with a putty knife,removed one screw to release the heating element housing and one more for the element.reversed the procedure and dryer is up- and cooking.could not have been much easier.
The repair was easy, removed back panel from dryer, removed heating element w/ shroud, disassembled old heating element from shroud and replaced with new one. New one was a bit bigger, so tension holds it in place, but no worries, works fine now.would have been nice to know this supplier had a warehouse in Louisville, then I wouldn't have had to eat the 2nd day air shipping I paid for. Would have been happy to pick it up at their warehouse or pay for regular shipping, would have gotten here faster.
Basically, the stories listed on your website had excellent instructions. The important thing to remember is popping the top to get to the upper housing clip. Otherwise, a person might try to pull the element out from the bottom of the housing, which would be a minor disaster. I'm very happy with PartSelect and the website. I'll be back!
installed new element within 15min... no need to pay the man .. will DIY again using this parts service...
I'm so proud of myself. This Harry Homeowner is not too savvy, but this repair was easy. I watched a video on YouTube and followed along. The part was the least expensive though PS $36 delivered vs $45 to pick up . First disconnect the power. The nut driver was used to pull off the back panel and expose the heating unit. There was one hard to reach nut underneath holding on the heating coil. This I was able to get with a small wrench. Once removed, I slid out the broken part and replaced with the new part. I then tightened up that hard to reach nut first - make sure you do it tight or it would rattle. Next I put the back Panel on and reconnected the tube in the back which blows the air outside. It started right up and produced heat. I was a little concerned at first as I could "smell the heat" It must have just been some material on the coil - first time running it had to burn off. The odor was gone in 5 minutes. I could do it again in half the time if needed. Don't buy a new dryer or pay someone to fix. If I can do it so can you.
Removed the heating element and repaced it with the one that was shipped.
I read "Frank from Ft. Collins" description of his disassembly/repair since it sounded exactly like our dryer model and problem. It was only because of his description that I was able to EASILY take out the element and put the new one in. Since I already had the element out when we got the part, it took about 10 mins. to put the new element in and test. Voila! Problem solved, I saved us $500 on a new dryer (even though the one we're using is probably really energy inefficient, but hey, they just don't make 'em like they used to!) and it was fixed. Even though I'm in charge of DIY and home improvements at our house, *this* particular incident made my hubby SO impressed. Frank's a genius!
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