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You need to search the 'net, and download a "Service manual" for your exact make and model, in there it shows a step by step "How To".

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Dryer heat not working


Without knowing your problem, I would guess that the heating element has burned out. This is a common issue with many dryers, regardless of brand.

The hearing element in a clothes dryer is like any other heating element, such as in a space heater, heat gun, or hair dryer. It is basically a continuous coil that is held in place by insulators, usually ceramic.


As the element ages, the coil becomes brittle and can often break. When a breakage occurs, the circuit is no longer complete and will not produce heat.

Replacing one is fairly simple.


  1. The first thing that you should do is unplug your dryer.
  2. Once unplugged, remove the exhaust duct.
  3. Use a screwdriver to remove the electric access panel in at the rear of the dryer.
  4. Locate and remove the heating element.
  5. Inspect the element for a break in the coil. The problem is not always obvious so it may be good to do a continuity test on it.
  6. Replace part if necessary. Elements will usually run $20 or so.
  7. Assemble in reverse order and test.

This website has some really great detailed step by step instructions on replacing a heater element.


Good luck.

Jan 11, 2013 | Frigidaire FFLE2022MW Electric...

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How to change the Heating Element in a Kenmore Elite Electric Dryer?


If the dryer is running but not heating,then the heating element needs to be replaced. The procedure is as follows:--- 1) First of all unplug the dryer from wall outlet.
2) Remove the front service panel of the dryer.
3) After the front service panel is removed. You will see the heating element wires and heat shield.
4) Remove the heat shield by plucking the wires out from the heat shield.
5) Also remove the screws holding the heating element.
6) The heating will have to be moved a bit to come out easily. Before removing the heating element out. Please note down the position of old heating element. So while placing the new heating element you don’t face any problem.
7) Replace the element with a new element.
8) Refit all the parts removed while removing the old heating element properly.
These will help. Thanks.

on Mar 20, 2010 | Dryers

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I HAVE A RED4340SQ1 ELECTRIC DRYER WHERE IS THE HEATING ELEMENT LOCATED


The heating element is located at the rear of the dryer behind the rear access panel. Disconnect power then remove the screws attaching the rear access panel to the cabinet and remove the panel.
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Your dryer seems not heating but it doesn't mean the heating element is busted. The problem is obviously in the heating circuit which is basically composed of the heating element, thermal cut-off, high-limit thermostat, cycling thermostat, and the motor centrifugal switch. The most common part that causes the dryer not to heat is the thermal cut-off and/or the high-limit thermostat. Verify this condition by bypassing the said components. Click on the link below for the detailed procedures.

Troubleshooting Whirlpool and Whirlpool-Made Electric Dryers Running But Not Heating


Feb 27, 2011 | Whirlpool LER4634J Electric Dryer

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Electric dryer tumbles but does not dry clothes on any setting. dryer is only 4 yrs old.


Heating element has gone bad. You need to unplug unit. remove back, then find heating element and remove it. Look for what looks like broken springs, if found replace element. 99% of electric dryers not drying are the heating element. Cost around $50

Sep 28, 2010 | Dryers

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No heat in kenmore series 80, model 85040


hello there:
here is some troubleshooting ideas for you to help
A dryer sometimes won't heat or heats too slowly because of a variety of reasons. By following the guidelines below, you can inspect the heating elements on a gas or electric dryer to pinpoint the source of the problem.
Electric heating elements, found in electric dryers, are self-contained units located in the back of the dryer. A defective heating element is frequently the source of no-heat or drying problems. Remove the back service panel to gain access to the elements.
The heating elements are located inside the heater ducts. If you think a heating element is faulty

Oct 26, 2009 | Kenmore Dryers

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Removing the heating element from an electric dryer


Unplug Unit or disconnect power.

The step you want is in the Service manual at the link Below on page 18

Service Manual

Sep 19, 2009 | Kenmore 65924 Electric Dryer

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Procedure to replace heating element on 84152 electric dryer


This is a simple repair. Just follow these steps:

1. UNPLUG dryer. Dangerous voltage is still present even with the dryer turned off.

2. Remove the dryer vent exhaust hose and remove the back of the dryer.

3. The heating circuits are located on the right hand side (as viewed from the rear). The heating element is located inside the heater box. Simply remove the mounting screws on the heater box and remove the two wires on the heating element terminals. NOTE: You can leave the two remaining components (Thermal Cut-Out and Hi limit Thermostat) connected on some models. If you need to remove them in order to remove the heating element make sure you label the wires.

4. Locate the mounting screw(s) on the outside of the heater box that hold the heating element in place.

5. With the mounting screw(s) removed the heating element will slide out of the heater box.

6. Insert new heating element, making sure you avoid touching the coil and align the screw holes so you can reinsert the mounting screws.

7. Re-install the heater box and any remaining components.

Now...are you sure you have a bad heating element? Just because a dryer does not heat, does not necessarily mean the heating element is bad. The following link explains:

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

The most common fail item that causes a dryer heating circuit failure is a blown TCO caused by poor dryer ventilation. Just something you may consider.

If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope you find this information helpful.

Aug 22, 2009 | Kenmore 84152 Electric Dryer

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Pye300ayw electric dryer dryer starts however it wont heat on an


Hi, unplug the dryer, there is an electric element on the back of the dryer, it should be covered with a removable metal cover, remove this cover and plug it back in turn the dryer on if the element does not heat it is probably bad, also check if there is a broken spot or if the element has shorted out, Hope this helps.

Mar 18, 2009 | Maytag PYE2300AY Electric Dryer

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hi Electric heating elements, found in electric dryers, are self-contained units located in the back of the dryer. A defective heating element is frequently the source of no-heat or drying problems. Remove the back service panel to gain access to the elements.
Step 1: Remove the back of the dryer. If necessary, also remove the cabinet top.
Step 2: Disconnect the leads and remove the screws that hold the duct in position. Then lift the entire heater unit out of the dryer.Step 3: Remove the screws that hold the heating element in the duct.
Step 4: Slip the new heating element into the heating duct the same way the old one came out. Be careful not to damage the resistance coils. Replace the screws that hold the heating element in the duct, reconnect the leads, and screw the unit back into position.  
now see whether it is ok..............

Sep 12, 2008 | Dryers

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Frigidaire GLer642As3


A grounded element on an electric dryer is an element that has broken and the element heating wire has touched something metal, like the cage that is suppose to hold the element or the element metal housing around the element. What this does is, the element only heats on the section that is touching the metal part and usually this part of the element is only heating at about 1/2 heat output. An grounded element can also stay on even when the dryer is not in use!!

May 12, 2008 | Frigidaire GLER642A Electric Dryer

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