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Can a dryer heating element still work without continuity

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: Dryer not heating...everything seems OK

Y'ou are zeroing in on your problem. Read the info below and hopefully you will have your answer:
If your dryer doesn't heat, check these:

Power from the house
Heating element
Thermal fuse
Wiring
Power from the house Check to see whether there's power getting to the dryer. Is it plugged in? Check for blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers--your dryer uses two fuses or circuit breakers. The dryer could tumble but not heat if only one of the two fuses is blown. If you have circuit breakers, one of the two circuit breakers can trip, even if the two for the dryer are connected.

Heating element Often a dryer heating element burns out, but doesn't trip the circuit breaker or blow a fuse. The heating element is simply a long coil of special wire. You can check it for continuity with an ohm meter. No continuity means the element is bad and you need to replace it--electric heating elements aren't repairable.

Thermal fuse On many dryers, there's a thermal fuse mounted to the exhaust duct inside the back cover panel. The fuse--which is about an inch long--is usually embedded in black resin and mounted in a white plastic housing. If the fuse has blown, you need to replace it. (You can't re-set it.)

Wiring A common problem is for the main wiring connection from the house, at the dryer, to burn and break its connection. Because the dryer can still tumble with partial power, the connection may be only partially defective. You may need to replace both the power cord to the dryer and the terminal block inside the dryer that the wire is attached to.

Posted on May 29, 2009

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SOURCE: Dryer not heating...tumbles and blows OK - is 2 30 amp fuses enough

ELEMENT IS BAD NEED TO HAVE A SERVICE TECH REPLACE THE HEATING ELEMENT

Posted on May 29, 2009

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SOURCE: no heat

Check the thermal fuse. It is located just inside the back of the dryer and is usually mounted on the exhaust duct. It is about an inch long. Check it for continuity, If it has none it is bad and must be replaced. Hope this helped and best wishes.

Posted on Jul 29, 2009

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SOURCE: Mayrag dryer blower is working, heating element

ALWAYS UNPLUG YOUR DRYER BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO DO ANY WORK ON IT.
Check to make sure you are getting full 220 Volt power to the dryer, if you are then:
Check your Wiring
Often the main wiring connection from the house, at the dryer, burns and the connection breaks. If this has happened to your dryer, you need to replace the power cord and the terminal block inside the dryer to which the wire is attached.
Check the Door Switch
If the door switch or the door-switch actuator is defective, the dryer won't work and you need to replace the failed component. The switch is inside the dryer main housing near the door frame. Sometimes you need to raise or open the top or front of the dryer to reach the switch. Check for continuity you should have none with door open, and should have a reading when closed. If not replace the door switch.
Check to make sure you heating problem is not a lint build up in the discharge hose or the dryer,as this condition can cause heater/thermistor problems such as overheating of the heating coil leading to failure of the coil and burnout of the thermostat/thermistor due to overheat.
Remove the back/or front just under the door of the machine and try to locate the air duct going from the blower to the drum. Normally inside/outside the air duct you will find the heating coil and the thermostats/thermistors. Once you have located the heating coil, remove the two wires from it and check the coil with an ohm meter across the two terminals of the coil.
You should read continuity across the terminals, if not you will need to replace the coil as it is faulty.
If the heating coil is ok, then:
You can check the thermostat/thermistor one at a time by removing the two wires and taping them together with electrical tape or with an ohm meter to test the thermostat/thermistor. (Should have/show continuity)
If the coil heats up then replace the thermostat/thermistor.
(Thermal fuse.If it overheats the dryer will not operate. It's located on the blower housing. It cannot be reset. A vent clogged with lint can cause it to overheat. You can test it with an Ohm meter or continuity checker, if no continuity, replace it)
DO NOT LEAVE THE WIRES TAPED TOGETHER AFTER THE TEST.
This could cause a FIRE, as you have removed the safety of overheat from the machine.
Right after replacing a dryer element, always run the dryer on 'air fluff' / 'no heat', and go outside to verify there's plenty of air coming out your vent system.
If the vent's clogged, that new element can burn out very quickly.
For video and pictures on how to replace the element go to the following website:
davesrepair.com/DIYhelp/DIYreplacingWPLdryels.htm
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Posted on Dec 05, 2010

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SOURCE: My Maytag dryer heating element does not come on-I

yes,whatever part you are checking you have to remove at least one of the wires.if the high limit is bad most likely the dryer is filled with lint.you have to clean out the duct that the lint filter slides into,vac out the cabinet where the motor is and if the vent line is long blow it out with a leaf blower.remove the vent line from the back of the dryer make sure the outside vent is clear and blow the lint outside,just stick the leaf blower in the vent line and blow it out.if you don't do this you'll just keep blowing the high limit,it's a safety for when the dryer is running to hot.next time send the model number

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Without knowing your problem, I would guess that the heating element has burned out. This is a common issue with many dryers, regardless of brand.

The hearing element in a clothes dryer is like any other heating element, such as in a space heater, heat gun, or hair dryer. It is basically a continuous coil that is held in place by insulators, usually ceramic.


As the element ages, the coil becomes brittle and can often break. When a breakage occurs, the circuit is no longer complete and will not produce heat.

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Without knowing the make of the dryer, I will take you through a generic checklist.
1. Check the power to the outlet. Most dryers are on a 220 volt circuit. If one leg of the circuit is not powered, it can cause the heater element not to work while the rest of the dryer is powered. If you don't have a meter to check the circuit, try turning the circuit breaker off then back on. I have seen the circuit breaker not trip completely and look set when one leg was off.

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