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How to open up and repair a electric element

Do i have to take the whole shell off the dryer to reach the element which is located at the front of the dryer

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No just the front panel. It either has 2 screws at the very bottom of the front panel or the top pries up on the edges from there you should be able to continue

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There are two types. One is a tube heater it is located in the back of the dryer. The other is a heater located in a round casing behind the drum. If it is the latter it is easy to identify because you open the door and you can see round holes in the back of the drum over the entire back side. If it is two smaller round or oval areas with round holes it will be the tube type heater. To replace the tube type heater you will need to turn the power off to the dryer. Unhook the dryer vent and pull the dryer out so you can gain access to the rear of the dryer. The large lower panel is attached by several 5/16 hex screws around the outside edge. Remove these screws and set the back panel aside. The tube heater is located on the right hand side and is a metal housing with what will look like a very long spring inside of it. This spring type wire is a resister wire that heats up when voltage is applied to it and in the process of heating and cooling it grows and shrinks which over time causes the metal to fail and break. you will need to remove the electrical wires to the heating element. Look closely and on one end of the housing you will see a screw on the top. Remove this screw and pull the top out of the recess it is in pick up on it and then remove it by pulling the bottom out and back. The element its self is held inside the housing by a couple screws attaching it to the housing. Remove these and pull the element out of the housing. If you look closely you should see where the wire is broken. The replacement element can be put back inside of the housing and reinstalled. Make sure not to handle the new element with your hands any oil even from our hands makes hot spots on the wire and can cause premature failure. The other type of element is removed by turning off the power and you access it from the front. You will need to press the spring type retaining clips located between the top and front and are located 2 inches from each corner in the seam between the front and top of the dryer. Use a flat blade screw driver when you locate the spring clips you push the screwdriver in to undoo the clip while pulling upwards on the top or pry upwards with the screw driver. If done properly the to will just pop up. Undo both clips and then look at the bottom edge of the front and see if it has two phillips screws. They will be located about 4 inches in from each side and 1 to 2 inches up from the bottom. If they are there remove them if not continue. When the top is popped up lift it up and back to put it out of your way. There will be two wires attached to the front door area usually (as in always) located top left hand side opposite from where the door switch is located. Remove the two wires then look down about 6 nto 8 inches down from each front corner on the front these screws are 5/16 hex screws I use a 1/4 ich drive ratchett and 5/16 sockett. The space is tight but you can remove the screws. (BE CAREFUL THEY ARE EASY TO DROP) Lift up and pull the front off the dryer. You can then remove the belt on the dryer it has a tensioner pully located next to the elect motor lower left side twords the back of the dryer. Some dryers have an access door in the rear. but you can remove the belt from the tensioner from the front. Pay close attention to how the tensioner and belt go together. Then lift the drum up and out of the dryer. The element will be exsposed in the back of the dryer it too will be a long spring looking element. There is a heat limit at the top center of the element remove and save it to install on your new element. The element and shell is held on by a number of 5/16 hex screws remove these and the element will come loose from the back of the dryer. You can order the shell and element and a unit. (recomended) Or you can order the element wire and install it you have to use the ceramic/holders the wire passes thru and if you have the ability it is cheaper but I adivse ordering it prestrung. Put back in reverse order and remember to not touch the wire with your hands and always unplug or turn off the dryer. I hope this helps good luck

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There is not a reset button on an electric dryer that I know of. If a dryer is blowing air at all, that tells me that the blower assembly and drum motor are working. If you have not heat it is generally caused one of the following:

1. Bad thermal cut-out - located near the heating element housing. Should read a SHORT (0 ohms on an ohm meter) if good. If bad, it is generally a good idea to replace the TCO along with the Hi-Limit Thermostat (mounted right next the TCO in most cases) because the TCO is designed to protect the thermostat and heating element. If the TCO fails, it is likely that the thermostat could also be damaged.

2. Hi-Limit Thermostat failure - located near the heating element housing. The thermostat opens when the internal heat reaches about 157 degrees (on most dryers). This helps regulate the dryer temperature and helps protect the heating element. If it reads a constant OPEN (infinity reading on an ohm meter), replace it along with the TCO (as mentioned above).

3. Bad Heating Element - located under the drum on some dryer models and in the rear on others. The element should read about 9-11 ohms if good. If they go bad, the element will generally burns itself OPEN.

I will need you model number (located near the dryer door opening) in order to give you better advice on how to access the inside of the dryer. Post back with comments and let me know. I hope you find this helpful.

PS I hope I didn't insult your intelligence, but some people are little more saavy than others, so I try to explain things in the simplest of terms.

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