Jerry from FL
Dryer was taking a long time to dry and then stopped heating all together.
1/4" Nut driver, Needle nose pliers
Repair & Advice
This was really easy to replace, we unplugged the dryer, removed the front bottom panel, removed the heat shield blocking the front of the element, unplugged the two wires going to the element (pliers helped to get these off), removed the one mounting screw on the left, and then the old element just pulled out of the canister firmly. Pushed the new element back in, and reinstalled in the reverse order. We also found that the blower housing that the lint filter slides into was FULL of lint. We cleaned this out at the same time. The dryer is now working much better and drying much faster!
Story submitted on December 3, 2014
Whit from TN
Dryer not heating up
Socket wrench, pliers, vacuum
Repair & Advice
Ensure unit is unplugged, vacuum inside to remove lint, no need to remove cylindrical chamber that holds the heating element, take pics of element wiring before unplugging anything
Story submitted on December 15, 2014
Gary from WI
Typical issue - the heating element wire burns through and breaks somewhere
Nutdriver 1/4" for the bottom panel, 5/16" small wrench to remove the screw from the heating element support, nutdriver again for the the screw holding the element in the tube.
Repair & Advice
The wire on my element broke, and it's fairly simple to remove. I actually repaired mine by crimping each of the broken wire ends into a female spade connector (the connector continues to conduct current across the break, but doesn't interfere with heating). Eventually this will fail and I'll replace with my brand new part. This was a genuine part in original packaging - I've read a number of stories about cheaper aftermarket parts that didn't last.
1. Remove the bottom panel from the front of the appliance - 1/4" hex nutdriver
2. Remove the 5/16" screw holding the bracket for the heating element tube to the base of the appliance
3. Remove another 1/4" hex screw on the support bracket attached to the tube and remove the bracket
4. Unplug the two wires that provide power to the side of the heating element (the short wires that are cross-connected on the element itself can remain)
5. Twist the tube a bit until it comes free from the back side of the appliance
6. Use the 1/4" nutdriver to remove the screw that holds the heating element inside the tube.
7. The element may be pressed into the tube fairly tightly; push the element and tube down on something, like a rigid plastic cup, to slide it out the front of the tube
8. Examine the coils on the element for a break in the wire - if the wire does not appear to be broken, the problem may be with one of the "temp overload switches" or something else
9. If the element has a break in the wire, you can rig a temporary repair, and order a new part - the repair would involve bridging the two broken ends of wire with a metal-only (nothing that could melt or overheat) connector (twisting the wires together will create a hot-spot that will only last a few cycles - I've tried it!)
10. Reverse the steps to install the new heating element
Story submitted on January 21, 2015