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Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

How To Replace Your Dryer Heating Element On Your Own

If your dryer is not heating up correctly, do not fret. Most likely, your heating element needs replaced. You can replace your heating element on your own. 

Get The Right Supplies

To start off with, you need to purchase the dryer heating element that is specified by your dryer manufacturer. You can order it online or at your local appliance store. You will also need a screwdriver as well as long nosed pliers as well.

Disconnect The Power Before You Do Anything Else

First off, you need to disconnect your dryer from its power source before you do any work. There are a few different ways you can disconnect your dryer. You can unplug it from the wall outlet. Or you can turn off the circuit breaker that your dryer is on.

Pull Out the Dryer

In order to work on your dryer, you will need to pull it out . You may want to enlist the help of a friend to move the dryer so you do not strain your back. 

Remove The Back

First off, you need to get out your screwdriver and remove the screws from the back of your dryer. You may want to put them inside a container or baggie so the screws do not get lost.

Get To Work

Now the real work begins. You will need to remove three different items from the back of your dryer before you are able to replace the heating element. 

  • On the right side of the dryer, you will see a long vertical can. You will need to use a 5/16 inch hex screwdriver to loosen one of the screws. You just want it to be loose at this point. You do not want to remove it yet. Once it is loose, tip it upward and lift it off the two bottom hooks.
  • Remove the limit thermostat wire that is located just above the long vertical can and the thermal fuse wires. The thermal fuse wires are two wires that are mounted high up on the side of the can.  This should all come away together as one piece, wires, can and all. 
  • Tilt the heating element forward and the old heating element will slide out of the can. This will leave a shell where the full can was. 
  • All you need to do now is to slide the new heating element you purchased into the shell or can that was holding the old heating element. You will need to hook the can back onto the dryer and make sure the wires are in place. Once the can is back in the right place, you will want to screw back in the hex screw. 

Finish Up

To finish up the job, you need to get out the screws that you set aside in a baggy or container and use them to reattach the back. Then, get a friend to help you move the dryer back into place. Plug your dryer back in, and turn on the circuit to your dryer back on.

If the problem was with your heating element, it should work fine now. If you need appliance parts for this or another household job, contact East End Refrigeration.

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