My dryer is not getting hot, im pretty sure its the heating element but i cannot access it. The back panel to my dryer appears to be bonded or welded on. It is a Web (not sure a model), we acquired it a couple years ago, i think its an industrial dryer, like from an apartment or something (no coin slots though). I just need to know how to get to the heating element so i can test it or change it
cannot find access to the heating element on my kenmore 90 series dryer, model number 66902691
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My name is Peter. I am a retired field service appliance technician.
Your heating element is difficult to get at.
Unplug the dryer before installing this heating element. Remove the bottom front service panel to access and replace the heating element.
This heating element is rated at 5500 watts.
This Dryer Heating Element part #3387747
It is located in side the housing.
You may just be plugged up with lint in your hot air distribution manifold.
Or have a bad high temperature limit switch located on the back on your hot air exhaust manifold.
Tell me what your problem is.
It is most likely clogged with lint, pull the lint filter and clean down in the hole it slides in. remove the vent hose and clean out the dryer and make sure the access tube going out is not clogged, remove access panel and clean anything you can see inside the dryer. Be sure to unplug the dryer before you clean out the inside. it could possibly be your high limit thermostat but usually when it goes out it burns out the element pretty quick and you have no heat. Hope this helps
Most dryers are designed to be repaired from the rear. On the rear probably the whole back panel unscrews. Giving access to the duct where the heating element is located. Make sure to have the dryer unplugged while servicing it to prevent getting electrocuted. Your heating element will be inside of a metal duct that feeds hot air into the dryer remove it and inspect it for breaks in the coils of wire or burned areas. Having a good volt meter that checks continuity is a great tool to check dryer parts. There are several over heat sensors that can go bad over time to and can prevent the dryer from heating. These sensors and the heating element can all be checked using the volt meter on the continuity setting. Having a cell phone on hand helps to take pictures of wiring and connections inside the dryer before unhooking them to aid in reassembly. With sensors or element unplugged and a volt meter on continuity setting touch the red probe to one side of a connector and the black probe to the other side if there's no numbers or a beep on your volt meter suspect that part bad. I have fixed several dryers this way. Hope this helps you.
Remove 1/4" screws from bottom flange of the lower panel, the panel should come off by pulling in a downward motion. The heating element is located on the right hand side, in the heat box. The element is held in place by one 1/4" screw on the left side. You have to pull pretty hard to get the element out. When looking at the heater assembly, you'll notice access is blocked by a metal shield, I typically just bend it down and out of the way, it flexes back into place just fine.
If this is an electric dryer, it would appear that you have a broken dryer element, which would account for the extended drying time.
You can access the elements from the back of the dryer by removing the rear panel. Be sure to unplug the dryer first, to avoid getting an electric shock. You will need a multi-meter to check the continuity of the two (2) dryer elements. Just put the meter into the Ohms setting and check across the two element contact points to see if you have continuity. If you find that one of them isn't giving you a zero "0" reading, that is the bad one.
Go to searsdirectparts.com to enter in your full model number and you can see the exploded line drawing for your dryer and the parts list and prices for the replacement part.
The reason the dryer is taking longer to dry, is because without both elements, the dryer cannot get hot enough to dry the clothes within the normal time, as only one element is having to provide all the heat in an attempt to dry the clothes.
You should replace the element as soon as possible, as having only one heating element working will cause that remaining element to fail sooner as well, since it will be staying one for a much longer time than normal.
they are pretty simple to change out.the heating element should be easy to access and once you get the old one out you simply put the new one in in its place. depending on the machine the heating element should be in the back wich means you have to take the top off the dryer to access it and then you will see what you need to do from there,its only held in but 2 or 3 screws.
Electric heating elements, found in electric dryers, are self-contained units located in the back of the dryer. A defective heating element is frequently the source of no-heat or drying problems. Remove the back service panel to gain access to the elements. Step 1: Remove the back of the dryer. If necessary, also remove the cabinet top. Step 2: Disconnect the leads and remove the screws that hold the duct in position. Then lift the entire heater unit out of the dryer.Step 3: Remove the screws that hold the heating element in the duct. Step 4: Slip the new heating element into the heating duct the same way the old one came out. Be careful not to damage the resistance coils. Replace the screws that hold the heating element in the duct, reconnect the leads, and screw the unit back into position.
now see whether it is ok..............