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PartSelect Number PS334206
Manufacturer Part Number 279457
Manufactured by Whirlpool
Product Description

Heating Element Connection Wire Kit Specifications

This kit is used for electric clothes dryers, and it comes with a yellow wire nut.
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Troubleshooting
This part fixes the following symptoms:
No heat or not enough heat | Takes too long to dry
This part works with the following products:
Dryer, Washer Dryer Combo, Range.
This part works with the following products:
Whirlpool, Kenmore, Maytag, KitchenAid.
Part# 279457 replaces these:
AP3134638, 3140, 279457, 279457VP
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Chad
February 9, 2018
Dryer getting to hot. Replaced thermal fuse and thermostat. Noticed that one of the wires that plug into the heating element is melted.
For model number WED9500TW2
Hello Chad, thank you for your question. If the wires that plug into the heating element have melted, I would definitely replace this wire kit. You may want to test the element as well, just in case the excessive heat damaged the element as well as the wire. I hope this helps!

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Brad
November 7, 2017
My dryer worked great before we moved then it seemed like it took too long to dry. I just thought it was the vent because it was three times as long and it was stopped up. I cleaned the vent the best I could and seemed like it was better. Well now it does not heat. I found the element burned in two. The limits on the top and bottom of the chute are closed. Should I replace those as well or are there other parts you recommend replacing with the element
For model number MED6400TQ0
Hi Brad, Thank you for the question. I suggest replacing the limits as well as the element. When the element burnt up it may have blew the limits. Good luck with the repair!

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James
December 24, 2017
I have heater element #279838 which replaced #8565582. #279838 has 2 connections while the original #8565582 has 3 connections. So how do I connect the new part?
For model number 110.66642500
Hello James. Thank you for the question. Here is a link to the video on how to install the element. Hope this helps! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtSdiY8S-Q8

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Terry
August 7, 2018
The wire nut on the heating element connection wire kit, is it just plastic? Not a ceramic wire nut?
For model number REX5634KQ1
Hello Terry, thank you for your question. From the picture and description the wire nut is plastic not ceramic. This is what is recommended by the manufacturer directly. I hope this helps!

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Beth
August 7, 2018
I have a Whirlpool duet and the heating element wire has burned out 2x already. To give you a little background the machine occasionally makes a high pitched metal scratching sound. The last time it make this sound, the dryer no longer produced heat. It runs through the cycle and the lights work, but no heat. Before i pay for the repair, would you have any idea what is causing the wire to burn out?
For model number WED9400SU0
Hi Beth, Thank you for your question. The reason the wire burned is because of a loose connection between the wire element and the heating element connection. You will need to replace the heating element and the connection wire. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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Nell
November 7, 2018
What size spade connector is on part 279457? I ask bc i only need the connector not the wire. & dont want to remove it from wire to try to use where i need it. Ty
Hello Nell, thank you for your question. Unfortunately, we do not have the size of the spade connector. Its recommended to replace the wire and connector provided by the manufacturer for that unit. I hope this helps!

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Jane
December 30, 2019
My Kenmore dryer has stopped heating.
For model number 110.60022010
Hi Jane, Thank you for your question. If your dryer has stopped heating, there are some parts that you will need to check to see which one is causing the issue. Here is a link from our website that you may reference on what parts to check, https://www.partselect.com/AdvancedModelSymptoms.aspx?ModelNum=11060022010&mfgModelNum=&fkMfgID=3&ModelMasterID=351757&PID=19. We hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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Chad
February 10, 2018
My dryer is flashing the code F23 and the clothes are very hot. What does the code mean?
For model number WED9500TW2
Hello Chad, Thanks for your question. The F23 error code is due to an exhaust thermistor short. You will want to replace the internal-bias thermostat, part number PS11746740, to fix this issue. I hope this helps.

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Jose
August 21, 2019
Location of heating element
For model number MEDX655DW0
Hello Jose, Thank you for the question. The element is at the back of the appliance behind the tub. Hope this helps!

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Bob
December 8, 2019
Part#8557403 has a 2 wire terminal for inlet temp and inlet control wires, the wire harness terminal block came disconnected from the sensor and melted. Can I get a replacement terminal block with female terminals and wire pig tails?
For model number WED9400SB0
Hi Bob, part 8557403 is replaced by WP8557403 and is a thermostat, this part is only sold as an assembly. Thank you for your question and good luck with your repair!

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Customer Repair Stories
 Average Repair Rating: 3.6 / 5.0, 9 reviews. What's this?
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    no heat
    took a couple differant parts to fix the dryer. i ordered one part at a time. i was expecting to wait the 5 days for shipping but i got home from work the next day of odering parts and they were there waiting for me on my doorstep. all three times i ordered. this website is the best site to order parts. i wont go to another website or store if i need to order parts for appliances. u guys have my business for life. thumbs up.
    • Christopher from dublin, OH
    • Difficulty Level:
      Easy
    • Total Repair Time:
      15 - 30 mins
    • Tools:
      Nutdriver, Screw drivers
    • Parts Used:
      WP3387134, 279816, 279457
    223 of 277 people found this instruction helpful.
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    Not drying completely
    I started by removing the Washer from the utility room. Then I disconnected the vent and the power supply. Put the dryer on its front, (you may want to lay a blanket down to protect the finish.) Then using a nutdriver I removed the nuts which hold the back in place. Removed and replaced the defective element. Replaced the back with the nuts. I then up-righted the dryer, moved it back into position, reconnected the vent and the power supply and tried it out. It worked!
    • Ellis from Bloomingdale, OH
    • Difficulty Level:
      Really Easy
    • Total Repair Time:
      15 - 30 mins
    • Tools:
      Nutdriver, Pliers
    • Parts Used:
      279838, 279457
    54 of 667 people found this instruction helpful.
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    turning but not heating up
    removed the back panel. located the section for the heating element and unpluged the tow wiresand repalced the thermostat. it took only 15 to 20 minutes. and instead of buying one I saved a lot of money
    • luis a from lutz, FL
    • Difficulty Level:
      Easy
    • Total Repair Time:
      15 - 30 mins
    • Tools:
      Screw drivers
    • Parts Used:
      279838, 279457
    38 of 574 people found this instruction helpful.
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    Dryer air would not heat
    Boyfriend stated it was simple, he removed the back and replaced the part using a few everyday tools.
    • Jacqulyn from ANDERSON, CA
    • Difficulty Level:
      Really Easy
    • Total Repair Time:
      30 - 60 mins
    • Tools:
      Screw drivers, Socket set
    • Parts Used:
      WP3977767, 279816, 279457
    5 of 6 people found this instruction helpful.
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    My dryer stopped heating
    The repair was really easy and I loved the DIY videos they were great, not many tools needed to do these repairs that was great. The only thing is this didn't solve my issue.
    • Jennifer from CLINTON, MS
    • Difficulty Level:
      Really Easy
    • Total Repair Time:
      30 - 60 mins
    • Tools:
      Nutdriver
    • Parts Used:
      WP3392519, 279457
    4 of 6 people found this instruction helpful.
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    Clothes not drying, and dryer didn't get warm.
    Good
    • Steven from WINSTON SALEM, NC
    • Difficulty Level:
      Really Easy
    • Total Repair Time:
      15 - 30 mins
    • Tools:
      Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
    • Parts Used:
      279838, 279457
    4 of 6 people found this instruction helpful.
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    Heating Element went bad, melting a wire
    *as with all electrical repairs I unplugged dryer from the outlet*

    I disconnected the wires to the heating element, removed the 2 nut screws holding the heating element in place and removed the defective heating element. It looked like the heating element had darkened on the lower end and the wire terminals definitely looked like they had built some resistance that lead to the connection wire melting.

    I slid the new heating element in and replaced the 2 screws. I cut the melted portion of the connection wire about 1/2" beyond the melted area and stripped the wire jacket exposing clean wire. I took the connection kit & clean wire lead, divided the wires into 2 groups on each end and braided them together and twisted them to a hand tight grouping. I then took the lead cap and twisted into onto the braided wire connection until it was also hand tight and snug.

    I then reconnected the heating element connection wire back to the terminal end of the heating element and made sure all connections were snug.

    I plugged the dryer back in, reset the dryer by turning the dial to a timed setting then back to off. I set the heat to low turned the dial to a time dry and turned on the dryer to ensure the element heated up and that the wired connection was secure. After 20 - 30 seconds, the element maintained heat and no issues were found with the fixed wire.

    I replaced the dryer back and all screws and reconnected the vent hose. Dryer has worked great for the last few weeks with no issues. I was really surprised it was that easy to fix.
    • Ryan from INDIANAPOLIS, IN
    • Difficulty Level:
      Really Easy
    • Total Repair Time:
      15 - 30 mins
    • Tools:
      Nutdriver, Pliers
    • Parts Used:
      279838, 279457
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    Dryer produced no heat. My lint trap was full of wet lint.
    I saw some videos suggesting you remove the back panel.Then I saw a video where only the kick plate was removed and the element was removed that way.
    I removed both the back panel and kick plate.At first I thought I was wasting my time however once I got started I was glad I removed both back and front.
    There was a significant amount of lint in the bottom of the dryer which made it easier to remove.
    It also made it easier to remove the heater element.
    I hope this helps.
    • William from LAUREL, NY
    • Difficulty Level:
      Really Easy
    • Total Repair Time:
      30 - 60 mins
    • Tools:
      Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
    • Parts Used:
      WP3387747, 279457
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    Intermittent heat issues
    The replacement parts are truly easy to exchange. Everything is located behind the rear panel. A few fasteners needed to be undone. What's really important is another video that explained what should be "checked" when a dryer malfunctions. VERY IMPORTANT viewing. I spent an afternoon going over the front inside and rear of my dryer. I'll probably get another ten years from my dryer thanks to this site data and videos.
    • David from WEST WARWICK, RI
    • Difficulty Level:
      Really Easy
    • Total Repair Time:
      More than 2 hours
    • Tools:
      Nutdriver
    • Parts Used:
      WP3977767, 279838, 279457
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