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Blowing cold air

This tumble dryer is only blowing cold air.I suspect heater element.Has this dryer got a reset button on and if so where would it be mounted?If it is the element is it accessed from the front or the back of the machine.Instructions on how to access the element would be most welcome as no info available.Thanks in advance.


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  • willbee Jan 14, 2008

    your advice will be very useful when i actually gain access to the heater element.I'm quite adept at using a multimeter.I'm not familiar where the heater is located andwould appreciate your help with this.The appliance is an zanussi condensing tumbledryer model 482W.Hope this helps,if you need any more info please let me know.


  • willbee Jan 15, 2008

    Hi jsrock516,

    I'm a complete novice with tumble dryers so could you describe in more detail what the lint screen looks like?.How big is this this lint screen?.I really appreciate your time and trouble helping me out.




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There is not a reset button on an electric dryer that I know of. If a dryer is blowing air at all, that tells me that the blower assembly and drum motor are working. If you have not heat it is generally caused one of the following:

1. Bad thermal cut-out - located near the heating element housing. Should read a SHORT (0 ohms on an ohm meter) if good. If bad, it is generally a good idea to replace the TCO along with the Hi-Limit Thermostat (mounted right next the TCO in most cases) because the TCO is designed to protect the thermostat and heating element. If the TCO fails, it is likely that the thermostat could also be damaged.

2. Hi-Limit Thermostat failure - located near the heating element housing. The thermostat opens when the internal heat reaches about 157 degrees (on most dryers). This helps regulate the dryer temperature and helps protect the heating element. If it reads a constant OPEN (infinity reading on an ohm meter), replace it along with the TCO (as mentioned above).

3. Bad Heating Element - located under the drum on some dryer models and in the rear on others. The element should read about 9-11 ohms if good. If they go bad, the element will generally burns itself OPEN.

I will need you model number (located near the dryer door opening) in order to give you better advice on how to access the inside of the dryer. Post back with comments and let me know. I hope you find this helpful.

PS I hope I didn't insult your intelligence, but some people are little more saavy than others, so I try to explain things in the simplest of terms.

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    Jeff Rockwell Jan 14, 2008

    Does the dryer have a lint screen on the top of the dryer or is it located in the door? It sounds funny, but does matter in how the unit is configured. Please let me know...

  • Jeff Rockwell
    Jeff Rockwell Jan 15, 2008

    Okay...if the lint screen for the dryer is located on TOP of the dryer, the heating element is located in the REAR of the dryer and will require you to remove the back of the dryer to gain access.

    If the lint screen is located inside the DOOR of the dryer, the heating element will be located somewhere UNDER THE DRUM of the dryer. You will need to gain access to the inside of the dryer. Some models have a panel under the door that you can remove to get to the heating element. If the front of the casing is one piece, access will have to made by removing the console and finding the screws that hold the top of the machine in place. Once the top is removed, there will be a couple of screws that hold the front panel in place.

    Since I do not know exactly what your dryer looks like, I'm basing my advice on the experience I have had with MOST dryers. These are the configurations I'm familiar with, so I hope I'm giving you the proper advice you need. Please provide feedback as to whether or not, you need further assistance.

  • Jeff Rockwell
    Jeff Rockwell Jan 15, 2008

    Does your dryer come equipped with a means of collecting the lint from the clothes? You have to clean out between loads. It is just a screen that traps lint. Usually, a dryer will come equipped with a top mount screen that pulls out from a slot in the top of the dryer on dryers equipped with a top mounted lint screen. Or, there will be a pull out screen located inside the door opening on other models. It is usually mounted in the path of the blower fan prior to the exhaust. This filters the air before it gets to the blower unit to ensure lint from your clothing does not become clogged in the ducting or blower fan assembly.



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