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How do I get to my heating coils in my whirlpool dyer model WED550SQ0, from the back or the top

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The heating circuitry for this model dryer is located in the rear of the dryer. Simply unplug the dryer and remove the exhaust vent hose. Loosen all the screws around the perimeter of the rear panel and remove. The heating element will be located on the right hand side inside the heater box. On the outside of the heater box will be two components, the Thermal Cut-Out (TCO) and the Hi-Limit Thermostat. The TCO will be located on the end opposite the heating element terminals. The Hi-Limit Thermostat will be located adjacent to the heating element terminals. These two components work in conjunction to regulate the temperature of the heating element. Both these components should read 0 ohms if good. If one of these components goes bad, you must replace BOTH of them at the same time (replacement kit part number 279816). Failure to do so can result in premature failure of any parts you replace. The heating element will read 9 to 13 ohms if good. The reason I mention this is because many people assume they have a bad heating element if the dryer does not heat. In the majority of the situations, however, it turns out to be a bad TCO.

NOTE: Make sure you take all resistance checks with the dryer unplugged and the components leads disconnected to isolate from any paralllel resistance paths.

If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope this helps you. For more information, you can refer to this link:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r630242-dryer_runs_but_not_heat

If you've already determined you have a defective heating element, that is great. I just wanted to include this information just in case.

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