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Cabinet top removal

I have a bad heating element on my performa dryer. I am not having any luck on getting to it. How does the top of the cabinet release so the element can be accessed.

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You need a putty knife you need to stick it in between the frount and the top abot 3 inches in from the outside edge of the machine, push in and a spring clip will release do the same on the other side and the top will lift up

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The dryer operates but does not produce heat. i think it is the heating element but i can not get in to the back of the dryer to check. i would like to get a service manual so i can check the element

1 Unplug the power cord from the electrical socket.
2 Remove the screws located around the edges of the back panel of the DVLR223 dryer. Move the back panel away from the cabinet.
3 Push the idler pulley away from the belt to loosen the belt tension. Remove the screws on the panel behind the dryer drum. Remove the panel.
4 Remove the four screws located on the underside of the top panel. Lift the top panel off of the cabinet.
5 Lift the drum up through the top of the cabinet and set it aside.
6 Unplug the electrical wires connected to the heating element assembly. Remove the old heating element from the DVLR223.
7 Insert the new heating element where the old one was previously located. Plug the electrical wires into the heating element assembly.
8 Replace the drum inside the dryer cabinet. Replace the top panel and the four screws that go on the underside of it.
9 Replace the panel behind the drum. Replace the screws that hold it in position.
10 Reposition the back panel onto the DVLR223. Replace the sheet metal screws around the perimeter of the back panel.

Jun 19, 2011 | GE DVLR223 Dryers


How to Replace Heating Element from a Maytag Dryer?

The procedure is as follows:--- 1) First of all unplug the dryer from electric outlet for safety reasons.
2) Locate the vent hose on the rear of the dryer and disconnect this hose from dryer unit.
3) The hose is mostly fixed in a metal clamp and the metal clamp is fixed by the screw. Loosen the screw and remove the clamp and remove the hose.
4) The heating element is located in the cabinet.
5) In some models the cabinet is located at the rear of the dryer. And in some model its located in the front of the dryer.
6) Locate the heating element cabinet and remove the screws holding the cabinet.
7) You will see the heating element now. There are wires connecting on the sides of the heating element terminals. The wires are connected by removable connector.
8) Remove the connector carefully from heating element with the help of needle nose plier.
9) After the wires are removed from heating element’s terminals. Remove the screws holding the heating element.
10) 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.
11) Remove the old heating element and insert the new heating element.
12) Connect all the wires as it were connected before.
13) Refit all the parts which you removed while removing the old heating element in reverse method. Take care you don’t miss any part fitting.
This will help. Thanks.

on Mar 20, 2010 | Dryers

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I don't have a repair manual for White Westinghouse dryer. Need to replace heating element. Not sure how to get to the element

    • Disconnect the power cord from the electrical outlet before servicing the Westinghouse dryer.

    • Insert the putty knife into the gap above the front panel and below the top panel. Lift the putty knife handle up to unfasten the internal locking clips.

    • Lift the top panel from the dryer cabinet. Rest the panel on the wall behind the dryer.

    • Remove the two screws on the top border of the front panel. Lift the front panel straight up to unhook it from the dryer cabinet. Unplug the connector leading into the front panel. Set the front panel aside.

    • Move the idler pulley arm toward the front of the dryer cabinet to loosen the belt. Remove the belt from the drum and pulleys.

    • Lift the drum out of the dryer cabinet.

    • Disconnect the electrical plugs leading into the heating element. Unfasten the screws securing the element to the inside of the cabinet. Lift the element out of the cabinet.

    • Place the new heating element inside the dryer. Connect the screws holding the element to the cabinet. Plug the electrical connectors into the element.

    • Reposition the front panel. Plug the door switch connector into its socket on the front panel. Press the panel straight down into the base. Reinstall the screws along the top of the panel.

    • Lower the top panel onto the dryer. Press down on the panel to lock it into place

May 12, 2011 | Dryers

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The dryer isn't heating up. Air circulation is good. What's the most common cause and what are the steps to disassemble the cabinet?

the most common problem is a bad thermal fuse,and it is possable that the heating element has gone bad.

1 you will have to remove the lid

2 remove the four screws that hold the control panel in place,then remove the foru screws that hold the front panel in place.then open the door to remove the two screws that also hold the panel in place then it will come off.

3 once you get in the cabinet then you will need to check the thermal fuse on the heating element can furthest to the back wall of the dryer if it does not have any continuity then it will need to be will also have to check the heating element for continuity.

there is also a black thermal fuse located on the blower housing that can be bad but this usually will display a fault code.

Dec 11, 2010 | Samsung DV328AG Gas Dryer

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I have a maytag performa dryer wont heat up sometimes

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If there is no heat or heat sometimes please try these solutions
Heating element Often a dryer heating element burns out, but doesn't trip the circuit breaker or blow a fuse. The heating element is simply a long coil of special wire. You can check it for continuity with an ohm meter. No continuity means the element is bad and you need to replace it--electric heating elements aren't repairable. Thermal fuse On many dryers, there's a thermal fuse mounted to the exhaust duct inside the back cover panel. The fuse--which is about an inch long--is usually embedded in black resin and mounted in a white plastic housing. If the fuse has blown, you need to replace it. (You can't re-set it.) Wiring A common problem is for the main wiring connection from the house, at the dryer, to burn and break its connection. Because the dryer can still tumble with partial power, the connection may be only partially defective. You may need to replace both the power cord to the dryer and the terminal block inside the dryer that the wire is attached to.

Jul 14, 2010 | Maytag Performa PAV2200

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How do i change the heating element.

The heating element is accessible through the lower front access panel. Disconnect power to the dryer prior to servicing to avoid the risk of electric shock.

Remove the two screws attaching the bottom of the lower front access panel to the cabinet then slide the panel down then off the cabinet. The heating element can now be accessed and repalced.

Remove the screws securing the heating element to the heater box then pull down the heating element to remove it from the heater box.

Disconnect and label the wires for the heating element and the components. Remove the components from the old heating element then transfer it to the new heating element.

Slide the new heating element up into the heater box and secure it in place. Align the slots on the top of the lower front access panel with the locating tabs on the front access panel then slide it into position and secure the bottom of the lower front access panel to the cabinet.

Apr 13, 2010 | Amana DLE330RAW Electric Dryer

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My Maytag Performa dryer just quit. About 7 years old. Better to get it fixed, or replace it?

you need to check the set of thermal need to lift the lid on the dryer and look in the back on the left you find the heating element.there is a large thermal fuse right on top of it,then on the side of the can there is another one that is usually the one that goes bad.the part number is la-1053 you replace all three of them.but first thing you need to check for continuity on them. if they are good then check the continuity on the heating element.replace if needed

Feb 27, 2010 | Maytag Performa PAV2200

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How to get to heating element on dryer

the top will lift up put a putty knife in 2inches from the side and push in and release the tabs the element is in the back it looks like a spring

Nov 29, 2008 | Maytag Performa PAV2200

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I have a Maytag Performa dryer (Model No.PYE3200AZW) It turns on , tumbles but does not heat up to dry clothes ...???????

Could be a number of issues, but more than likely its a heating element issue. If you lift the top up after unpluging the unit (place a putty knife about 2" in from either side between the top and cabinet) you will see the element in the left rear of the unit. You may be able to see a break in the element wiring, but its best to check with a ohm meter. Part number for element is LA-1044, and are not that expensive, and easy to replace. Good luck and let me know if you need further help.

Feb 12, 2008 | Dryers

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Dryer won't start

Just a few things before the for sure thing. Make sure the dryer door is closed very good, and its plugged in (I hate doing that, but have a lot of calls with just that same thing). More than likely, it is the thermal fuse that has went bad. This fuse causes us more problems than any other item on the Performa. Unplug the unit, and take a putty knife and shove it into the top removing clips between the top and cabinet, around 1-2 inches in from the sides. Lift up and prop the lid against the wall, being sure it wont clunk you in the head (happens to me about once a week). In the left rear of the unit, you will see the element box. On (your facing side) the right hand side down about halfway, you will see two wires going to a small button shaped fuse. Remove the screw at the top of the element box (1/4") slide the fuse holder up and out (with wires still connected in case you drop it), and remove the fuse. The parts (LA-1053) will contain two fuses and a thermostat. Be sure to remove and replace the old thermostat when replacing the fuse. Follow instructions for which fuse to use, one is for gas, one is for electric. Reassemble is opposite disassembly. Let me know if you need further help. Jim

Nov 06, 2007 | Dryers

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