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Replacing your Whirlpool Dryer Heating Element - 240V 5400W
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PartSelect Number PS334313
Manufacturer Part Number 279838
Manufactured by Whirlpool
Product Description

Heating Element - 240V 5400W Specifications

The heating element (Flat Can Heating Element 5400W, Heating Element, Whirlpool Dryer Heating Element, Dryer Heating Element) provides heat to the dryer. It is metal and measures 10.5 inches long, 7.5 inches wide, 2 inches deep. The element attaches to the heater housing. This part can break as a result of wear and tear. This can be material fatigue or prolonged high temperature exposure. If broken your clothes may not dry because of a lack of heat. It must be replaced when there is no longer continuity between the terminals. First check the thermal fuse on the blower housing before deciding to replace the heating element.
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Difficulty: Easy | Tools Required: Nutdriver,Pliers
Repair Tip: Disconnect the power supply to your dryer before starting your installation in order to ensure a safe repair.

Replacing your Whirlpool Dryer Heating Element - 240V 5400W

Replacing your Whirlpool Dryer Heating Element - 240V 5400W

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Troubleshooting
This part fixes the following symptoms:
Not Heating | Too hot | Heat stays on after drum has stopped | Touchpad does not respond
This part works with the following products:
Dryer.
This part works with the following products:
Whirlpool, Kenmore, Roper, KitchenAid.
Part# 279838 replaces these:
AP3094254, 2438, 279838, 279837, 279838A, 279838VP, 3398063, 3398064, 3403585, 8565582, W10724237, WP279837
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Timer and heating element stopped working
Followed the video on your site.
Other Parts Used:
Timer Heating Element - 240V 5400W
  • pamala from EAU CLAIRE, MI
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver
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No heat, everything else worked fine.
Installed the new High Limit Thermostat onto the new Heating element and installed the unit on the dryer. Wires were then connected and the dryer was tested. Repair complete. Dryer is 25 years old and this is its first repair.
Other Parts Used:
Dryer High Limit Thermostat Heating Element - 240V 5400W
  • STEVEN from MORA, MN
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    Less than 15 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver
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The dryer took at least 3 rounds to dry light clothes and 4-5 for towels.
This was my second time making repairs. The only difference this time I replaced all parts from top to bottom. When I pulled the heating element out only one coil was working the others had burned out. It was easy to do and the videos on the site are very helpful and informative. I followed the steps and if I thought I missed a step I replayed it again. I am a woman and found it very easy and not at all intimidating at all. I am going to hopefully have it for another 10 yrs. You guys keep up the good work.
Other Parts Used:
Timer - 230V 60Hz Push-To-Start Switch Lint Trap Housing Seal Dryer Thermal Fuse Dryer Cycling Thermostat Heating Element - 240V 5400W Thermal Cut-Off Kit
  • Stacey from CHUNCHULA, AL
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    1- 2 hours
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Socket set
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Replaced bulb, door switch and heating element.
I followed the instructions that I watched on the video. The video was very helpful.
Other Parts Used:
Dryer Door Switch Light Bulb - 10W Heating Element - 240V 5400W
  • Morris from ODESSA, TX
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers, Socket set
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Would not heat properly.
Removed back panel to access the heating element. removed the old element and also removed the thermal cut out from the old assembly. installed the thermal cut out on the new element, reinstalled the new element, replaced rear cover. Started the unit and had heat.

The other part was a knob for a for a 37 year old Magic Chef electric stove. matched exactly what was there.
Other Parts Used:
KNOB- SELE Heating Element - 240V 5400W
  • WILLIAM from WAGENER, SC
  • Difficulty Level:
    Very Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Pliers
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Dryer was getting too hot, metallic burning smell
To replace the thermostat and heating element, I followed the video from PartSelect.

Before buying the parts, I had already taken my machine apart to clean it and check for lint build up, but there was only a bit of dust, no major blockages. Because the burning smell was metallic, I just had my fingers crossed that replacing the heating element and thermostat would do the trick. It worked!
There is an odd ceramic sort of smell in the first 5 minutes of using the new element but that went away and all is working well at this point.

My components looked slightly different from those on the video; I had fewer wires so I just took photos of everything before I started to make sure I put it all back in the correct place.
I had to watch another video on how to easily remove the thermostat, mine was stuck. I just used a flat head screw driver behind it like a lever and gently pried it off.
It took me about 30 minutes total only because I had to watch a couple of extra YouTube videos due to the differences of my machine. I don’t usually do repairs like this one and wanted to be completely sure I was doing it correctly, but the work/repair itself was super easy.

The lint trap seal was just because mine got damaged when I took it apart to clean it. I just pulled the old one off, made sure the old adhesive was completely removed, (it peeled off like scotch tape), I cleaned it, then I slowly went around the edge of the vent/housing and stuck the new foam seal down. No video required, just common sense.
Other Parts Used:
Dryer High Limit Thermostat Lint Trap Housing Seal Heating Element - 240V 5400W
  • Hayley from ALEXANDRIA, LA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
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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.
Other Parts Used:
Heating Element - 240V 5400W Heating Element Connection Wire Kit
  • Ryan from INDIANAPOLIS, IN
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Pliers
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Stopped drying
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Other Parts Used:
Cycling Thermostat - Limit 135/155 Dryer Thermal Fuse Heating Element - 240V 5400W
  • Vincent from Kenly, NC
  • Difficulty Level:
    Very Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Socket set
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No heat due to broken element coil
Turn off the breaker to the unit or unplug. Disconnect the 3 wires, 2 hex screws keep the element in place. it swivels or slides out. keep the thermal fuse from the old unit, it disconnects from the spade lug and pops off.
  • daryl from MADISON, TN
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver
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Dryer quit drying
Watched a couple of you tube videos, seemed simple enough. Used multimeter to test thermostats, still good. Took off the heating element, it was visually broken. Called the 800 number, the guy who answered told me how to find the model number of the dryer. He then told me the part number and it matched what I had. Ordered, 2 days later arrived, just plugged it in and reinstalled the back covering, works great!
  • Jeff from BANDERA, TX
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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Garcia
July 20, 2017
Diagnosing through your repair forum I think I may need a new heating element. The problem is that although my clothes are drying and my machine is heating up it takes a few go’s to actually dry the load. What is the most common reason this happens?
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Hello Garcia, your symptoms are a common sign of a clogged venting system. We recommend checking the venting system, and cleaning it out. When doing this make sure to clean the pipe and the dryer. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

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Simon
July 20, 2017
I wasn’t getting enough heat in my dryer so I had to install the heating element. With that said theres a glow emitting from the back of the dryer and its bright red when the dryer is running. Is this suppose to happen, is this a fire hazard, is the element being over worked?
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Hi Simon, if the housing is installed right, the element is meant to glow red hot and should not be hazardous. This is normal. Just make sure that the element is cycling on and off when the dryer is running, it is not meant to stay red hot the whole time. I hope this helps.

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Steve
September 5, 2017
Hi, i am having trouble with my dryer drying the cloths. It gets hot if i set it for 60 min. But then cools down after a while and never gets hot again. The cloths don't get dry and i have to set it again for 60 min. Then it gets hot and finishes drying. I have replaced the three thermostats, cleaned all lint out. Can't figure it out. Could it be the temperature setting? The heating coil looks ok , no breaks in the coils. Pleas help with any suggestions. Thanks.
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Hi Steve, Thank you for your inquiry. There are a few parts that could cause that problem. The thermostats being some of them. Have you also checked or replaced your thermal fuse? You may also want to test your heating element electrical connection to make sure that is still good. It could also be your temperature switch that is giving you the issue as well. I hope that gives your some more avenues to check out. Good luck with your repair.

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Lula
July 20, 2017
Replacing my heating element but it doesn’t say what the continuity should read.
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Hello Lula, the heating element on your dryer should read closed for the continuity. Best of luck with this repair.

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Beverly
November 13, 2017
Is it possible for this element to go partially out ? And if so what should i do ? Replace the element anyway
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Hi Beverly, Thank you for your question. It can partially go out. I would suggest replacing it if it has. You can test this part with a multi meter to double check. If that part is working, I would suggest then testing your high limit thermostat and your thermal limit as well. Those two parts that are directly on the housing for your heating element. It could just be that one or both of those parts have gone out. You can also test those two thermostats with your multi meter. They should both read 0 ohms when you test them. I hope that helps. Good luck with your repair.

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Marshall
October 9, 2017
Ok this dryer is currently blowing cool air just want to make sure all i need is a heating element for this unit. It appears everything else is working fine relative to unit
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Hi Marshall, Thank you for your question. If you have tested the heating element and it is bad, then that should be the only part you need. It may not hurt testing your thermal fuse and thermostats as well. Just to be sure. Good luck with your repair.

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Sam Cooke
August 8, 2017
Should I also install a new high limit thermostat when I install the heating element?
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Hi Sam, Thank you for the question, You can reuse the thermostat you have but we recommend replacing both at the same time. Good luck with this repair!

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Chuck
November 22, 2017
No heat comes on when dial is set on timed dry but heat will come on when dial is set on automatic dry - any idea what part or parts need to be replaced.Thanks,chuck
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Hi Chuck, Thank you for your inquiry. If the timer is working on automatic dry and not on timed dry, it sounds like the timed dry option is the option that is frequently used when drying and it is worn out. You will need to replace the timer. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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Josh
January 25, 2018
Getting no heat on auto sense dry but it is heating up on timed dry. Any ideas?
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Hello Josh, Thanks for your question. Test the heating element for continuity with a multimeter, along with the thermal fuse, thermal cut-off kit, internal-bias thermostat, and high-limit thermostat. If all of these parts are testing properly for continuity, consider replacing the timer. I hope this helps.

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Louise
February 18, 2018
My dryer appears to have only one wire connected to the heater element. It appears in your video that you removed two wires. Thank you
For model number LER7646EQ2
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Hi Louise, Thank you for the question. The video may not match every model %100. If your model has one wire connections then you will just need to connect the one wire and ignore the second wire instructions in the video. Good luck with the repair!

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