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No heat in electric clothes dryer

Have a GE electric dryer... DBVH512EFOWW that will not heat. (will run but no heat.) have flipped the circuit breaker to make sure it wasn't tripped. I have also verified that it has good airflow.

I have a mulitester (never used before) but not sure where/what I need to test.

Anyone out there that can help PLEASE.

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  • gabbarda Sep 08, 2009

    ok... need help. I unplugged the dryer:)
    trying to open unit. In the back there are 2 screws and a rectangular panel up top (only about 3 in high) or there are screws in the front bottom of the machine.
    Removed the front screws and the entire front panel/door seems to want to come off... but held on at the top by the control panel. There are screws running along the sides on the back but they seem to be holding the side panels on... so, how do you open it up??

  • gabbarda Sep 08, 2009

    after fiddling I was able to remove the top of the dryer cabinet which exposed the power board but this isn't what I am looking for is it? Don't I need to find the heating coils that would be in the base of the unit? If so how? Thanks so much!

  • Edward Jennejohn May 11, 2010

    UNPLUG THE DRYER!! before you do anything!! if it's 220v it can really fry you! if you're lucky! you'll probably need to remove the back panel. you'll probably see something that wiggly looking wound with flat nichrome wire. it may have insulated screw on wires on each end, or push on connectors. either way, remove the wires, set your multi-meter on OHMS. put one probe on each end of the heating element (where you removed the electrical connections). if the reader remains on 0, then the element is burned out and needs replacing.then think about how old your dryer is, get some estimates for fixing it. after you awaken from your faint- consider buying a new one! electrics are cheaper than gas dryers. good luck! don't forget-UNPLUG THE DRYER!!

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Sounds like the typical heating element problem,which is located behind the drum.

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