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Dryer not getting hot

I have had the heating element changed 2 times and now it's out again. What could be making it go out that the service man is missing? This is costing me a lot of money.

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Re: dryer not getting hot - Frigidaire GLEH1642DS Front Load Stacked Washer/Dryer Washing Machines

It may not be the element it could the stats

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Dryer has no heat

I have one of those Kenmore "Laundry Center" stacked washer/dryer units. It comes built that way - it is not two units stacked on top of one another (if there is such a thing).

My guess is that it is at least 13-14 years old now (it came with the house I bought) and about 3-4 years ago, it also stopped heating. The dryer would run for a couple of hours and all of the clothes would still be damp and the air in the dryer was not warm or hot.

I searched online and found that the usual cause is the heating element wire was probably burned out if the dryer was otherwise running all right. I found some repair instructions online and the procedures to take the dryer apart (can't recall where - just Google it).

The heating element is like a long coiled resistance wire, similar to what you would see in a toaster but heavier duty. It is strung in a circle behind the dryer drum tub to heat the air that enters the dryer.

If you've ever looked into a toaster when toasting, you'll notice that that thin resistance wire glows red hot which generates the heat. Now imagine that thin wire being red hot and the dryer tumbling, causing constant vibration. It's amazing that the heater resistance wire doesn't break more often!

A pretty handy DIY-er can take the dryer apart and replace the heater wire, but the challenge is getting the stacked unit out in the open somewhere where you can work on it. You need a fair bit of room.

My advice would be to also buy the drum belt replacement kit to also replace that at the same time. If you're going to go to the trouble of taking the dryer apart to replace the heater wire, you might as well replace the drive belt and associated felt pad, etc. at the same time. You DON'T want to have to take the dryer apart again a little later to change that part when it breaks. (It's like a timing belt on your car - if you're doing major work on your car and have the engine apart and it's "about time" to replace the timing belt per the manufacturer's maintenance schedule, might as well do it a the same time to save on repeating the labor again.)

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Dryer keeps shutting off


Heating Element
A defective heating element can make a dryer too hot. If the element partially shorts out, it can produce heat all the time, regardless of whether the dryer is calling for heat. Remove the heating element to inspect it. The coils should not be touching each other or anything else.

Other Causes and Conditions
Air Flow Problem
Dryers need good ventilation to work properly. If the vent is clogged it can make the dryer too hot. Clean all of the vent tubing thoroughly.

Cycling Thermostat
Although not common, a defective cycling thermostat can make the dryer too hot. The cycling thermostat is supposed to turn on and off the heat to maintain the proper temperature. If the thermostat is defective it may keep the heat on too long. The thermostat is not adjustable or repairable, it must be replaced.

Felt Seal
Most dryers have a felt seal at the front and rear of the drum to keep the heat inside the drum. If the felt seal is worn away or missing, the dryer may keep heating and make the dryer too hot. This is not common.

Blower Wheel
A defective blower wheel will not spin properly and will not vent the hot air, making the dryer too hot. Check to see if there is adequate airflow out of the dryer.







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Wont get hot and dry clothes

If the dryer runs the same as before except it will not get hot then check your heating element that is more than likely your problem.

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I have a lg gromm dryer and it dosn't get hot when drying why?:

Hi from retired Englishman in SW France,
I suspect that either the heating element is malfunctioning or the control board is. Sorry but either will mean an engineer's visit ;-0(
Sorry again,
Good luck,
John C

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Wdc1025 splendide all in one combo,the dryer doesnt seem to get hot enought to dry??help

Do the clothes eventually dry over a longer period time than usual? If so, there are 2 possible problems.

1. Your dryer vent is nearly clogged
2. If it is electric, then the heating element is going bad.


Mr. Tin Man

Dec 19, 2010 | Washing Machines

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Dryer runs -but no heat it is a hot point dryer

This is usually the heating element or an electrical relay, either way, its best to take it to a repair man, or because of the cost, buy one new. If you are electrically inclined, you can test each circuit using a multimeter. Hope this helps some.

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I have a Splendide 2100 washer/dryer. Washer works great dryer spins but no heat. I have checked Ohms on the lower two wires on circuit board br and red. Seems to be 16.6 ohms. Went through the test...

The heating element have got old and brittle over time and finally gave up the ghost. But it is not always the element. It could be one of the safety Hi-limits have blown. All parts of the dryer will have continuity if its working properly. Test for continuity by using a meter set on Ohms,or use a poor man's meter. You can make your own poor man's meter by using an ordinary flashlight . Break the circuit in the flashlight and add a couple of wires to it so that you can make the light come on in the flashlight, that's right hot wire that flashlight. When the bulb lights up you have a circuit! You now have a poor man's meter. The next step is to check each little gizmo on the dryer that the wires attach to. All the limits attached to the side of the heat element, the door switch (when door is closed) etc.should have continuity (closed circuit)(the light should come on in the poor man's meter) If you come across an thing near the blower housing with 2 wires attached to it, that is a thermal limit, a safety or a control thermostat (So as not to get a false circuit you need to remove one of the wires to each thing you check) Look for lint buildup or blocked vent going out the house. If everything is good and you have paid the electric bill, then the timer could be bad.

Oct 16, 2009 | Splendide 2100 Front Load Washer / Dryer

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Drys very slow....2 hours or so.

It is hard on this unit to replace the element as everything has to come out from the front panel back to the back panel, it only has one heat element so the good news is that if it even gets warm your element is good.
There is always the chance that you have a bad sensor but this doesn't happen very often. This machine has control sensors above the element and on the output of the blower, when you held the door open and ran it the heater no doubt glowed bright red and kicked out the top sensor because no air was moving to cool it, this is why it didn't heat again for a while.

On my unit I found after much trouble that the plastic air tube that connects the filter screen (below the door) to the blower motor mounted just above the washer was slightly out of position causing the blower to pull some of its air from the lower part of the machine instead of all heated air from the heat element area. Sort of like holding the door open and pushing the button with your finger. In this case you get some hot air but not enough to do the job, the element overheats and kicks out the top sensor repeatedly but you never notice this.
The air tube is located behind the slanted cover above the washer lid, you also must remove the internal tin cover to see the air tube. all you need is a phillips screw driver and twenty minutes.
It is held against the blower pretty much by luck.
I put three small kinks in the tin cover forming a triangle to make it put pressure on the air tube and hold it against the blower.
Good luck

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you either need a new heating element or you are not getting full 240 volts, im assuming its electric here. check your outlet to make sure both leads are hot.

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