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Re: Heating element doesn't work right now
Hi thanks for the question. All gas dryers have a thermal fuse . the first part to fail, with dirty venting ,clogged up kinked, pushed up to close to the back wall. the thermal fuse is located on the air duct close to the venting inside locate . its a small plastic piece with 2 blue wires to it replace thispart. thanks the appliance doc
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The lint trap is a metal screen with a plastic handle that is located either near the corner at the top of your dryer, or inside the dryer door. In most cases, the lint trap is clearly marked. If your clothes are not drying properly, this is the first place to look because it is the easiest problem to solve. Remove the lint from your lint trap, and then see if your clothes get dry. If they do not, move to the next troubleshooting problem. Vent Hose
To work properly, a dryer needs to be able to vent warm air. If the vent hose is clogged, bent or has a hole in it, your dryer will not work properly. Examine the vent hose to see if it is installed completely over the dryer exhaust vent, and to make sure it does not have a hole in it. Remove the vent hose to see if it is clogged. There are vent hose brushes you can purchase to clean the vent hose properly. Also check the exhaust vent on the dryer and the outside vent to make sure they are not clogged.
If you have been running your dryer with a clogged vent hose for a while, you may burn out the thermal fuse. A burnt thermal fuse will allow the dryer drum to rotate, but the unit will not heat up. Your owner's manual will show you where the thermal fuse is and provide the part number you need to buy to replace it. Thermal fuses are available at most hardware stores and are easy to replace. Heating Element
The heating element is the long, coiled wire in the dryer that heats up the air. Over time, the heating element can burn out or become defective. In some models, the heating element can be repaired; in other models, the heating element should be replaced. Refer to your user's manual to see where your heating element is and whether you can repair it or need to replace it.
Whenever I see this problem I look for reasons why the dryer stopped heating. You might think the heating element is the priority thing to check and you would be right. But their are other things to look for besides the element. I inspect the dryer inside and out for signs of lint buildup and vent blockage. If I see a lot of lint I know it might very well be a safety limit has popped. Most dryers have 2 limits mounted next to the heater element on the heater housing.A lager one is rated @250f and a smaller one is rated @300f. If that smaller limit is tripped then you will have no heat,however, the dryer will still run. If the filter housing and blower area really get a lint buildup then a melting fuse rated @350f will kill the dryer so that the thing won't catch fire. I have manuals and repair photos for most American models HERE
If the clothes are coming out wet and hot after the first cycle then there is a blockage in the exhaust. This blockage could be at the lint trap or at the exhaust tube leaving from the back of the dryer. You need to check the lint filter area by removing the lint filter and with a flashlight look into the area where the lint filter was to see if there is any build up of lint. If so, you will need to clean this area. Also at the back of the dryer there is a hose that comes from the dryer to an outlet to the out side. This hose could be clogged with lint or possibly kinked to where the proper amount of air flow is not allowed to leave the dryer therefore causing the clothes to have to dry longer. Check these two areas first before going any further due to these checks are simple and may solve the problem.
If your clothes are coming out hot but still wet you have a vent problem Either the lint trap at the dryer is clogged or the vent coming out of the dryer to the outside has a build up of lint. If you don't clean the blockage it will burn out the heating elements and cause you more problems. A shop vacuum will take care of both problems in cleaning out lint trap and dryer vent
Usually when there is a strong heat (burn) smell from the heat element, it is telling you that there is poor air flow. This has nothing to do with the model. It is a blocked or restricted vent line, or an internal blower wheel malfunction or a lint blockage further in the machine that is restricting the air flow. WHEN AIR MOVES CORRECTLY, THE ELEMENT HEATS NORMALLY AND DOES NOT GIVE ANY OVERHEAT ODER.
Check the following areas thoroughly to address this issue.
1. Venting Make sure the dryer vent hose, as well as the rest of the vent duct, is not clogged.
Unless regular maintenance is performed, chances are there is a lot of lint accumulated inside the dryer. This might affect the drying time and could be a fire hazard. Make sure to have your dryer cleaned regularly. Because this might involve taking most of the dryer apart, it is recommended to have a qualified appliance repairman perform this task.
2. Thermostat There are a couple of cycling thermostats inside the dryer. If one of them breaks down, it might affect the dryer's performance. Replace the defective thermostat.
3. Heating element A heating element might only be partially burned out, in which case it would still work but will take longer time to dry the clothes. Replace the element if found defective.
blowing when the tube is off usually = dryer fan ok, and is a sign that the duct is blocked past that point,
most commonly there is a blockage in the vent hood, the screen that keeps bugs and rodents from gralling up the exhaust, is also very good for catching any lint that squeezes past the lint filter.
most exterior hoods can rmove the screen for cleaning
any flexible ducting is a likely ara as well, the corrugations make a lint trap
check also that the duct from the heater element into the drum is not dislocated or blocked