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RE: AMERICAN WHIRLPOOL 3RLEQ8000KQ2Hi Experts,I have the above machine but it is so expensive to run.As you will be aware it consumes on full power a collosal 4575W of power.I have tried experimenting using the different settings and even only using the low temp setting and nothing else.I understand that everytime the heater element comes on it will use 4.5KW and that using the low temp settings just reduces the time the element is on, however, I have had a thought!!!Is it possible to replace the heater element for a lesser powered one, for example, a 2KW instead?This would dramatically reduce my electric bill.It has this DRYEL setting for heavy items which I never use as the heater element would just be on continuous throughout the cycle, so replacing the heater for a lesser powered one would not afect me 'cos I never use that setting. The beauty of this machine is the size of the drum and the amount of load it can handle.Is it possible then to replace the heater element for something less powerful and less energy consuming like a 2KW.If so, what heater elements would I have to choose from to fit this machine?Hope you have a solution?RegardsPaul

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  • diezeltruck Dec 15, 2008

    Hi Huuum,

    The Speed Queen as you mention is a front load washer but I have a Whirlpool Dryer.

    It's the Dryer that uses the energy unless the Speed Queen you mention is a dryer as well as a washer.

    I also have a Whirlpool Top Loader Whirlpool LSQ8000 to match the Dryer that i have mentioned, but still, the top loader washer could do with being bigger just for the king size quilt.

    I wonder if I can buy these in the UK?

    Anyway back to my original question, the dryer....Now is the speed Queen a dryer as well?

    It's my Dryer that's using the power!

    Hope you get back to me and thanks for mentioning the peed Queen!



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It is not that easy.

If you only replace the element with one with smaller impedance (also less watts), the element will blow immediately. You would need to put in the middle a custom made board with a couple of extra resistors.

Also the result will be different, this dryer is designed to work with a 4.5 KW element. All the thermal sensor will react differently and the dryer wont pump hot air efficiently if you replace the sensor.

This kind of job can surely be done, but the result may not be good. I doubt you can find any repairman willing to do this adaptation, better buying a different dryer.

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Welcome to Fixya
My name is Huum,

I believe you are stuck with this monster!
If I were to have advised you on the purchase I would have recommended ,
A Speed Queen front load washer.
13.9 gallons of water!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, energy star!!!!!!
And they are tested at 25 years reliability.
A commercial machine that can do a king size quilt. The best on the market. And in laundry matts too!
Sounds like you went over board!
Sorry about your problem.
No solutions for this, except sell it and buy the speed quenn!

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