I have a kenmore elite dryer 11060942990 that will not heat. I have checked the circuit breaker and airflow. All seems to be good except the no heat. How do i get to the heating element? What else should i do?
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Hi, This element is located behind the lower front panel. Remove the screws and pull it toward you. Now you will see the element below the drum on the right hand side. Check and see if there is 240V going to the two terminals to the element. If there is voltage, change the element. If there is no voltage, UNPLUG the dryer ads check continuity on all the theral stats and the safety fuse located on the element housing and the blower housing. These parts should be closed. If I can assist you further or get you the part #'s please let me know. I have the parts for the nodel on my web site at www.whirlpoolpartssurplus.com
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In terms of likelihood, here is what's wrong: 1) The heating element has failed. 2) One of the several "overheat thermostats" has overheated and failed. These are found in the back or the bottom of the dryer in the rear. 3) One of the wires to something, like the heating element, has burned in two. 4) The panel where the electric cord attached to the back of the dryer has failed. This will be inside the back of the dryer, usually behind a small plate. 5) The circuit breaker for the "heating" circuit wire of your dryer is popped and needs to be reset. (That is the circuit breaker found in your hall, or basement, or garage, or wherever.) If you decide to fix it yourself, a question to "fixya" might get you step-by-step instructions. Be blessed 4)
if you have circuit breakers in your panel, you won't have fuses also, if you have turned the one controlling the dryer completely off and back on again, thats fine, what your going to have is a burned element on the heating coil,
1. No power to the dryer Make sure there's power getting to the dryer. Check for tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses. An electric dryer uses two circuit breakers or fuses, and if only one of two is tripped or blown, the dryer might still run but not heat. Sometimes the power cord disconnects or burns at the dryer, if this is the case, the wiring and the terminal block must be repaired or replaced.
2. Heating element A burned out heating element will show no continuity when measured with a meter. Replace the element if found defective.
3. Thermal fuse Most dryers have a thermal fuse, which burns out when the dryer overheats, in which case the dryer will either not run at all or stop heating. The fuse is usually located on the vent duct, inside the dryer. A blown fuse will show no continuity when measured with a meter. Before replacing the fuse, make sure the blower wheel is not broken or clogged, and there is nothing blocking the venting.
The manual says that two circuit breakers used,and that the dryer can spin but no heat if one of them tripped, check your panel and see if any breakers are tripped. If this was the problem,have an electrician check the circuit.