DRYER HAS NO HEAT AND I WANT TO TEST THE HEATING ELEMENT BUT AM NOT SURE HOW.
you should be able to remove the back panel (after unplugging the AC power!) to see the coil under the barrel. You can use a multimeter set to ohms to measure the resistance across the 2 connectors of the coil, will probably need to unplug the connection to get accurate ready. If the resistance is infinate, the coil is bad.
However it is more likely that the termal fuse has blown rather than the element itself being bad. Follow the connectors up to find it, it should have 0 resistance if still good, infinite is blown.
Termal fuses have spring loaded contacts inside held in place with wax. If the tempurature gets too high, the wax melts allowing the contacts to separate. They can't be reset but replacements aren't expensive.
If the termal fuse turns out to be the problem, check the vents for lint build up or other restrictions. (Both inside the dryer from the filter on, and the external hose going outside.) Restictions on the exhuast can cause the heat to build, and is a fire hazard as well.
Mar 07, 2010 |