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Dryer heating element(s) are inconsistent

A friend of mine has a Whirlpool GEQ9800PW1 electric dryer. I helped him to disassemble the dryer to remove any excess lint (in the lint screen / blower area, heating element cylinder, dryer frame, etc.) and try to troubleshoot why the drying operation is inconsistent. In the heating element cylinder, resistance was measured on the three elements. The elements (from the door to the rear of the dryer) measured approx. 200 ohms , 20,000 ohms , and 200 ohms respectively. Reassembled the dryer and started the unit with the heat setting on hot / heavy. With the lower guard removed, the elements glowed. Tossed in a load of clothes and the elements glowed for about 20 secs. then nothing. With the dryer still running, the heat dial was turned back to the next lower setting and the elements started glowing again. About 30 secs. later, again nothing.

Is the element with a 20,000 ohms reading shot ?

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  • ab51block Nov 23, 2008

    Yes, the resistance readings were taken with the wires on them.

    There was quite a bit of lint in the element cylinder and it looked as if some of the lint may have even burned itself to the cylinder in a couple of places as the sheet metal had a dark color to it.

    Will have him look at the cylinder and look into thermostat replacement.


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There is only 1 element. were you taking these readings with the wires on them?
the other 2 were thermostats.was there lots of lint?
sounds like you may have bad thermostat.

Posted on Nov 23, 2008

  • with the wires on you will not be reading the thermostats properly.the discolored metal is normal.

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