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No heat coming out the tumble dryer

There is no heat being produced from my tumble dryer it is still going round but only cold air

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  • eye Dec 04, 2008

    Its an Electra and it says on the front 279 so I take it thats the model no of it.


  • eye Dec 04, 2008

    Hi I have found the model no it is 37279002AL. I think I have found the problem, there is a sort of contact breaker attached to the element by wires I flicked it and the element lit up but not all of it some stayed unlit so I guess the element needs replacing. But I cant see how to get it out It is just there right in front of me but everything seems to be riveted I don't see any screws to undoe and just lift it out??. Also this contact thingy keeps clicking and you see a small spark which seems to keep turning the element on and off. Do you have any idea how to get this element out?? thanks for all the help its much appreciated

  • eye Dec 04, 2008

    So what do I do to stop it sticking or do I have to replace it? if I need to replace it whats it called so I know what to look for. So are you saying that the element is ok then and I don't need to replace it.


  • eye Dec 05, 2008

    that is good news but if I decide to leave it alone and not change it how can I stop it from sticking in the open position. As it is doing this everytime I switch it on the only way to get it working is to take the back of and give it a flick. Obviously this is not ideal


  • eye Dec 05, 2008

    with your great help I have managed to find that part and have ordered it, hopefully will get tomorrow. Fingers crossed it will solve the problem I will let you know. Couldnt have done it without you brilliant site keep up the good work it is very much appreciated

    thanks again for taking the time to help me

  • eye Dec 12, 2008

    Hi well I put the new T.O.C on which I received today, and it is doing exactly what the other one was doing. It just keeps clicking on and off the elemant only stays on for about 20 seconds and then it sparks and turns it off for about 5 seconds then sparks and on again for 20 seconds. I had the dryer on for about 1 hour with 2 towels in it and they came out just as wet as when I put them in. So the mystery now is what is making the T.O.C click on and off so rapidly and not givie the elemant a chance to heat up and stay on long enough to dry.


  • pedropony2 May 11, 2010

    what make is it plz


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Electra is brand name for what was yeb so could have been made by several companys. Please check at back of drier for red reset button or rectangular plate at bottom right corner.

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  • pedropony2 Dec 04, 2008

    It is meant to do that to prevent burnout of the element. they sometimes get stuck in open position which stops heat.Also the element will not all heat at the same time.


  • pedropony2 Dec 05, 2008

    Your element is ok. While the thermal cutout is working its better left alone as they usually fall apart when removed. On the plus side they are very cheap and readily available. If you go to your local appliance spares shop and tell them its electra made by hotpoint they should know what your after.

  • pedropony2 Dec 05, 2008

    You could try to clean the contacts if you can tease it out without breaking a temp measure you could bridge the 2 wires to do some urgent drying.

    gonna catch some zzz now but happy to have helped.


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