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Whirpool dryer how do I get the heater element out of the casing of an old electric whirpool dryer?

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  • bornaschella Jul 07, 2008

    How do I get the heater casing element out , not the heater element but the casing that it is in? It is the casing that I am having the problem with it. It is an old whirpool dryer at least 12 yrs It looks like there are no screws holding the casing on the back of the dryer.

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Once you take the element casing out of the dryer then you will see a screw at the very bottom of the casing where the element goes in. usually a 5/16 hex head screw.whirpool dryer - 1933c22.jpg

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  • Mike Durland
    Mike Durland Jul 07, 2008



    • depending on its size (super capacity, large capacity),

    •  at the top of the element casing there is a metal clip held by a screw.

    • older dryers require a 6" extension on a 1/4" drive ratchet with a 5/16" socket. this goes thru a small hole in the outer case to the screw holding this clip.

    • newer dryers, the screw is on the inside (where the drum is) so you have to lift the lid to get to it.



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  • older dryers require a 6" extension on a 1/4" drive ratchet with a 5/16" socket. this goes thru a small hole in the outer case to the screw holding this clip.
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