Just so I don’t waste my time and money on my problem…my dryer stopped heating. I pulled the heating element which looked like a twenty year heating element because it is. There were no breaks in it so I put an ohm meter to it and it had good continuity. I then pulled the thermal cut off kit out. The thermostat had good continuity. The top part of this kit is, I take it, the fuse. If that is correct and it is a fuse, it is bad because there is no continuity. My question is should I put the money out for a new heating element or just go with the one I have? How long do they last anyway?
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Re: Kenmore dryer not heating
Just replace the thermal kit. it will come with both the upper thermal fuse and the lower high limit. dont change the element as they are just like light bulbs, they either work or they dont. they dont have a life span they just work until they break. and if yours is not broken and has continuity then it is ok. one thing to do is to figure out why the thermal fuse failed. probably because of an air flow problem, either the lint filter is not clean or the vent is pinched off behind the unit. it may also be the vent in your home needs to be cleaned out. change the thermal kit and it will work again until it gets too hot again. that is unless you fix the vent.
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Hi Most ahve the same problem, maybe the dryer vent is plugged up , pull unit out and unplug it , remove vent and clean , then with a tester check over heat sensors at rear of dryer , they knid of look like diodes with two wires going to them , you could also by pass them with a jumper wire , BUT JUST TO TEST THEM ONLY ! it could also be th eelement , but most times it is a sensor form over heating unit , both are very cheep to fix,
It doesn't necessarily mean the heating element is busted when an electric dryer stops heating. The heating circuit is not just composed solely by the heating element, it is composed by the thermal cut-off, high-limit thermostat, cycling thermostat, motor centrifugal switch, and the timer. The first thing to look at when an electric dryer stops heating is the thermal cut-off. It cuts power to the heating element when it blows most likely due to the failure of the high-limit thermostat. The thermal cut-off must be replaced, together with the high-limit thermostat, if found open. Click on the link below for the detailed instructions in troubleshooting this problem. Troubleshooting
Whirlpool and Whirlpool-Made Electric Dryers (Filter on Top and with
Removable Back Panel) Running But Not Heating
Hi Sam, Make sure that you have checked the circuit breaker, to find out wither or not the breaker was tripped or not, before you take it apart. but there is a good chance that you are right on the money......
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.
Verify 220 volts at the terminal block where the cord attaches.
Also, 120 volts from each leg to neutral at the same check point.
Check the thermal fuse at the top of the heat element canister for continuity.
Check the high limit switch at the heater terminals for continuity.
Is this a gas or electirc dryer?
If it's an electrical dryer it's probably the heating element.
Pull the dryer out, remove the back panel and look to see if the heating element is heating up (turns red). If not it's the heating element which is pretty easy to change.
Call an appliance parts store with the make and model number before you pull it out to make sure one's available and always take the old one with you to verify it's the same.
Hope this was helpful.
This is a element problem, all you have to do is on your meter, is put it on tone, and ck both ends of element, it should beep.The easiest way is to pull off and ck coils for any breaks( look carefully). Make sure unplugged at all times.