If the model number is correct, follow these steps:
1. UNPLUG the appliance. Dangerous voltage is still present inside the unit even while shut off.
2. Remove the lower toe panel under the door. Insert a putty knife in the top seam where the panel meets the dryer front. About two inches in form each side is a retaining clip that must be depressed. Once each clip is released, the panel opens from the top and can be removed.
3. The heating element is located on the right hand side inside the heater box. Disconnect the component leads on the left hand side of the heater box and label them. Then, remove the mounting screw on the heater box bracket and the whole unit will slide out. Here's an illustration:
NOTE: You may have to remove the dryer chute where the lint trap is for better access. Just remove the lint screen and the screws holding the chute in place.
If your dryer does not look like this, your heating components are in the back of the dryer. Please, include an updated model number.
Now, have you confirmed the heating element bad? A no heat problem does not always mean the problem is the heating element. Your heating circuits are comprised of the following components:
1. Heating Element
2. Thermal Cut-Out
3. Hi-Limit Thermostat
4. Internal Bias Thermostat
5. Thermal Fuse
The heating element will be located inside the heater box. The Hi-limit Thermostat and Thermal Cut-Out (TCO) are the two components that are mounted on the outside of the heater box on the left hand side. The TCO is the component furthest from the heating element terminals. The Hi-Limit Thermostat is located adjacent to the heating element terminals.
The Thermal Fuse and Internal Bias Thermostat are the two components mounted on the blower fan housing. The Thermal Fuse is the smalll plastic component with two wires attached to it, while the Internal Bias thermostat has four wires.
For clarification, you can refer to the following websites to assist you in locating and properly identifying the components of your dryer:
All these sites should have helpful exploded view parts illustrations.
If you need assistance on how to troubleshoot a dryer no heat problem, the following links can also give you some guidance:http://www.fixya.com/support/r3574266-thorough_dryer_advicehttp://www.fixya.com/support/r3576548-dryer_runs_but_does_not_heat
The MOST common causes of heat related problems:
1. Blown Thermal Cut-Out.
2. Missing 1/2 your input voltage at the wall receptacle (the dryer will still run with half the voltage missing, but won't heat - double check your source voltage at the receptacle and/or your circuit breakers.
3. Bad power cord, causing 1/2 the input voltage to be missing.
4. Blown heating element.
Read through all the information provided and let me know if you have any questions, or need further assistance. Please include your MODEL NUMBER if different from the one you posted this question under when posting questions. I hope you find this information helpful.
NOTE: Take all resistance readings with the dryer UNPLUGGED and the component under test isolated (meaning disconnect any wire leads to ensure the accuracy of your readings).
Before assuming you have an INTERNAL problem with your dryer, make sure you are getting the proper voltage from your wall receptacle and terminal block. This can save you from unnecessary disassembly of the appliance.