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
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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
I will assume you have the thermostat set on high and checked the dryer vent to make sure it is not clogged with Lint, Mouse Nests, or GI Joes. (I have seen all of these.) There are two common broken bits that can cause this.
First, and most likely, is the heating element. Most electric dryers have two strings of heating elements that run next to each other. If one of them fails then the dryer will get warm, but not really hot. Depending on your dryer you either have to pull the back of the dryer off or pull the drum to inspect the heating element. When it's cool and unplugged it should be very obvious if it's broken. The heating elements look like springs, and one part will be brown and broken, probably near a ceramic insulator. If you are not sure, you can measure the resistance of each string with a multimeter. For a TEMPORARY repair, you can stretch the existing element's broken ends and put it back together. I stress that this is a temporary repair only because it will cause hot spot in the element and could be a fire risk. (Full Disclosure: My Mom has a dryer with this temporary repair that has worked since 1998. I'll get to it eventually.) If this is it, you can get a fully assembled heating element for $$, or you can save a lot by purchasing a restring kit instead. With the restring kit, you keep all of the metal bits and replace only the heating element wire and brackets. There are very good videos on youtube about how to install these properly. The key point is to pre-stretch the element before installing.
It is possible to bypass all the door closed and belt present to run the disassembled dryer for a few seconds to see if both elements get hot and turn red. This is patently unsafe, and you'll probably die from burns, electrocution, or entanglement with the electric motor. YMMV. Emphasis on "seconds" here, as the elements will burn out pretty quickly without airflow.
The other thing this could be is a thermostat. I don't know of any way to test these other than by replacement. They are fairly inexpensive compared to a fully assembled heating element.
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.
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.
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..............