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Dryer is working but not heating

Dryer hose is not clogged and neither is dryer itself air is streaming out outside of vent at very high rate but is cool not hot in other words when i put setting on high heat nothing happens but cool question is there a heating element that can be replaced as in water heaaters or is it more trouble than its worth...

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  • Itry2fxit1st Feb 22, 2009

    I have an 11 year old Amana (Whirlpool) electric dryer (Model LE8517W2). It also does not heat any longer. After resetting the circuit breakers for the dryer (even though they did not look tripped) and after cleaning out all the lint build up I could find in the dryer, I removed the heater assembly (which has the thermal fuse & thermostat mounted on it) as well as a separate secondary monitoring device (either a secondary thermostat or a moisture sensor for non-timed degree of dryness shutdowns?) that was mounted in line with the exhaust vent just past the blower. I brought them all to my local appliance parts store where they found all but the heater assembly mounted thermal fuse to be in working order. I bought a replacement fuse (I would have replaced the thermostat at the same time, but it was unavailable. So in lieu of unnecessarily replacing the entire heater assembly ($70) I just got the fuse. I didn’t want to buy an unneeded part as they don’t take electric parts back as returns). I replaced the bad fuse & reinstalled the heater assembly and the exhaust monitor. I ran the dryer for a few minutes. The heat was there, just not super hot. I placed a half load of towels in but it did not dry them properly even after a few hours. In your opinion what should I do next, replace the entire heater assembly or perhaps just the thermostat? It should be noted that before we lost the heat entirely the first time the dryer seemed to run forever before shutting down. The auto shut off seemed to be malfunctioning. The clothes were dry possibly an hour before it ever shutdown. I am not sure what is used to detect the level of dryness of the load whether a moisture sensor (surmised earlier) or what have you, but whatever it is, it doesn't seem to be working properly any longer. I am not sure if this could be tied to this problem or not but the cool down period seems to have stopped working altogether as well. When we opened the door to remove the clothes they were so hot I thought they could have possibly caught fire if they were left in for much longer. So much so that metal buttons and zippers would nearly burn you if you grasped them. I was wondering if this second issue (bad moisture sensor for auto shutdown) may have caused the first (no heat) due to excessive running times. Your thoughts? Thank you. (Needless to say I don't leave the house with the dryer running for fear of a fire.)



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There is a heating element which can be replaced but first check the home's electrical fuse panel or reset the breaker even if it doesn't look like it tripped.
If you have 240V going to the dryer and still no heat it could be either the element, thermostats, timer or wiring.
Whether it's worth the trouble depends on the age of the dryer and your investment of time and money. None of those parts would take longer than an hour to replace. If you want to tackle it let me know and I could try to guide you through it.

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