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How do I replace the heating element in Maytag Dryer SDE2606AYW Serial# 12508837EN

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1.Unplug the Maytag dryer from the dryer electrical outlet and pull the dryer away from the back wall.Use a putty knife to press in the locking clip between the front and top panels.While pressing the clip in with the putty knife,lift the top panel up to unlock it from the clip.Raise the top panel into the service position allowing it to rest on the back hinges.
2.Locate the door switch connection on the inside front right corner of the Maytag dryer.Press the locking tabs in with your fingers and pull the wiring harness away from the door
switch.With a Phillips-head screwdriver,remove the screw on both inside corners that secure the front panel to the sides. Lift the front panel up and away from the dryer.
3.Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the four retaining screws that secure the drum bulkhead to the front of the side panels. Remove the bulkhead from the dryer.Reach under the drum and pull the idler pulley to the left to release the belt tension.Remove the belt from the motor and idler pulley. Lift the drum up and out of the dryer unit bringing the belt with it.
4.Remove the two screws that secure the heating element to the rear bulkhead with a Phillips-head screwdriver.Disconnect the heating element terminal wires by grabbing them with needle-nose pliers at the wire leads and pulling them off of the terminals.
5.Place the new Maytag dryer heating element into the dryer and slip the wire leads over the terminals.Secure the heating element to the rear bulkhead with the retaining screws.Lift the drum and belt and place the drum back inside the dryer cabinet.Route the belt around the motor and idler pulley.Shift the idler pulley back to the right to apply belt tension.
6.Reattach the front bulkhead to the dryer using the four retaining screws.Position the front panel into place and secure it to the sides with the retaining screws.
7.Bring the top panel back down and push the front corners in to engage the locking clips.Push the Maytag dryer back into its working position and plug the power cord back into the dryer electrical outlet.

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