My Kenmore dryer is not heating. Need to check heating element.
I suspect the heating element on my Kenmore dryer is bad (model 417.84252500). I want to check it but I'm having trouble accessing it. The back of the dryer does not come off and is permanently connected to the sides. Do I have to remove the front and then remove the drum to get to the heater?
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Hi, You need to remove the front lower panel. There you will find the element on the right side under the drum. If the element checks out ok, then you need to test al the thermostats and the safety fuse. With he dryer unplugged, check all these parts for continuity. If any of them show no continuity,replace it. If I can assist you further, please let me know.
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In most cases it's not a bad heating element there are a few checks you need to make before buying a new heating element, you can follow this guide to make the repairs: Electric Dryer Runs But Dont Heat
Your heating element is burnt out or a high limit switch has gone bad. I suspect that the element is out since it is hard to blow a high limit switch. To access the element you will need to remove the back of the dryer and in the bottom left hand corner there should be a box, or tube, that contains this element. It looks like a toaster element. To see if the element is bad you will need to run a continuity test or visually inspect this coil for any breaks. If there is a break you need to take the model and serial numbers to an appliance parts house for replacement.
First, make sure that there is no ventilation issue and that the vent is clean and clear. If the dryer isn't heating, check for a blown thermal fuse or a faulty heating element. Both components can be tested using a multimeter or ohmmeter. Check for continuity. A lack of continuity indicates a faulty component. Both components are located in the rear of the dryer. The thermal fuse is about an inch long and is usually attached to or near the exhaust duct. Remember to disconnect the dryer from the power source before attempting any repair.Sorry for your trouble and I hope this helped. Best wishes.
It sounds like you have a bad heating element or thermal fuse. The fuse cannot be reset. If it is bad, then it will need replaced. Often a dryer heating element burns out, but doesn't triop the circuit breaker or blow a fuse. The heating element is simply a long coil of wire. You can check it for continuity with an ohm meter. No continuity means that the element is bad and you will have to replace it. The elements are not repairable. Hope this helped.
Hi, You need to change the coils on the top of the gas valve. This is a very common problem with the newer gas dryers. We have them for $29.95 on out web site www.whilpoolpartssurplus.com
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Define checked everything. Usually when your dryer is not heating but blowing air its one of three things...
1. Thermal fuse in dryer
2. Thermistor in the dryer
3. Heating element in dryer
You need a signal meter with continuity check to accurately test all three componets. Normally the fuse and thermistor are in a set and cost less than 25 bucks. They are easy to replace if you are good with taking things apart. If the element is bad then you need to make sure your lint trap and exhaust hose are clean and kept clean. That is the main cause of the element burning up when it gets lint collected inside the dryer cavity.
In a pinch if the element is bad you can simply find where the metal has broken and try bending the rod so that it touches. The element has to be one solid piece so if there is breaks try and connect them back together until a new one can be purchased.
Please unplug the dryer before doing anything mentioned above.
The usual suspect for a Kenmore HE that runs, but doesn't heat is a thermal cut-out or the thermal fuse. Although they are a bit more resilient, in some cases the heating element itself could be bad. The way to check:
1. UNPLUG THE DRYER, FIRST.
2. Remove the bottom kick plate on the front of the dryer.
3. Remove the blower fan cover directly under the lint screen. There should be a couple of 1/4" screws holding it on.
4. Directly behind the blower fan cover on top of the blower fan housing are two components. One is the operating thermostat, and the white one is a thermal fuse. The fuse is a one-shot fuse that must be replaced if it is bad.
5. To the right is the heating element housing. There are two additional components mounted on the side of the element housing. The component furthest to the back is the thermal fuse. The one one closest to you is the hi-limit thermostat.
6. Check the continuity of thermal fuse and the thermal cut-out. They both should read a short. Additionally, check the resistance of the the heating element. The element should read something low (less than 20 ohms).
7. If the thermal fuse reads open, replace it. If the thermal cut-out is bad, replace the hi-limit thermostat with it. They are usually sold as a set. If the heating element is bad, you will need to disconnect all electrical leads and remove one 1/4" screw holding the element housing to the bottom casing. Pull the entire element housing from the dryer. Depending on model, sometimes the element slide out of the housing, sometimes you will need to remove a few screws to open it up.
I hope this helps you.