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No Heat The dryer turns on but there's no heat. Would that be the element and how would I verify it. I have a Kenmore Elite "Smart Heat" Quietpak 9 that runs but has no heat! I have checked the vent and now have the back of the dryer off. Where is the fuse? Do I need to check the fuse? Heating element?

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Hi,

Please check these 3 things.

Heating element Often a dryer heating element burns out, but doesn't trip the circuit breaker or blow a fuse. The heating element is simply a long coil of special wire. You can check it for continuity with an ohm meter. No continuity means the element is bad and you need to replace it--electric heating elements aren't repairable.

Thermal fuse On many dryers, there's a thermal fuse mounted to the exhaust duct inside the back cover panel. The fuse--which is about an inch long--is usually embedded in black resin and mounted in a white plastic housing. If the fuse has blown, you need to replace it. (You can't re-set it.)

Wiring A common problem is for the main wiring connection from the house, at the dryer, to burn and break its connection. Because the dryer can still tumble with partial power, the connection may be only partially defective. You may need to replace both the power cord to the dryer and the terminal block inside the dryer that the wire is attached to.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Offhand, there could possibly be 3 components that would cause a "no heat" condition:

  • heater element itself;
  • thermistor;
  • thermal cutoff.
All of the above could be checked with a continuity tester (DVM or VOM) while the unit is unplugged. All should read 0 ohms.

Check and perform preliminary visual or necessary inspection. Pls post back result(s). Good luck and Thank you for using FixYa.

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    Louie Role Jan 14, 2009

    Correction, the heater element would not read 0 ohms but relatively low.

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    Louie Role Jan 14, 2009

    Incidentally, most dryers are powered by 2 voltages:


    • 120 for the electronics and the motor(s);

    • 240 for the heater.
    You may want to check the breaker(s) and or the outlet or how the dryer is wired from the mains.


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Start checking the thermal fuse.

Then you test the heating element using a multimeter.

If fuse and element are fine, then you probably have a defective control board. or a problem on whirings.

Check also that the fan is working.

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Things that could stop a electric dryer from heating:
- house fuse or breaker ( needs two of them ), heating element, burnt wire, thermostat(s), thermal fuse ( not all models ), motor heat switch, timer, selector switch, burnt power cord/plug.
A ohm meter test for these parts is here.

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Check the thermal cutoff switch. test this part for continuity

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    Starnley Johnwells Jan 14, 2009

    checke the heater element with ohm meter and the thermal fuse,

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    Starnley Johnwells Jan 14, 2009

    This could be the effect of a number of problems. Here's a list of things to check and details on how to do it.


    • Fuse could be bad -- Check the fuse for a break inside. If it’s bad, replace it with an identical fuse.
    • Temperature switch could be bad -- Use VOM to check the switch. Set VOM to RX1, remove leads and touch the probes to the switch's terminals. The reading should be zero or infinity. Turn the switch, and the reading should change from zero to infinity or infinity to zero. If not, the switch is bad.
    • Thermostat could be bad -- Set the VOM to RX1, take a lead off one of the two outside terminals and press the probes to the two outside terminals. There should be a reading of zero. If not, it's bad.
    • Heating coils may be bad -- Set the VOM to RX1 and remove the leads from the coil. Press the probes to the terminals. If the reading is zero, the coil is bad.
    • Timer could be bad -- Disconnect the leads from the motor. Set the VOM to RX100. Clip the probes onto the leads. If the reading is infinity, the timer motor is bad.

    • hope this tips helps

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If your dryer doesn't heat, check these:


Power from the house Check to see whether there's power getting to the dryer. Is it plugged in? Check for blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers--your dryer uses two fuses or circuit breakers. The dryer could tumble but not heat if only one of the two fuses is blown. If you have circuit breakers, one of the two circuit breakers can trip, even if the two for the dryer are connected.

Heating element Often a dryer heating element burns out, but doesn't trip the circuit breaker or blow a fuse. The heating element is simply a long coil of special wire. You can check it for continuity with an ohm meter. No continuity means the element is bad and you need to replace it--electric heating elements aren't repairable.

Thermal fuse On many dryers, there's a thermal fuse mounted to the exhaust duct inside the back cover panel. The fuse--which is about an inch long--is usually embedded in black resin and mounted in a white plastic housing. If the fuse has blown, you need to replace it. (You can't re-set it.)

Wiring A common problem is for the main wiring connection from the house, at the dryer, to burn and break its connection. Because the dryer can still tumble with partial power, the connection may be only partially defective. You may need to replace both the power cord to the dryer and the terminal block inside the dryer that the wire is attached to.

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