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How do I replace a Heating Element Electric in a Dryer?

Sometimes the door catch is attached to the door but other times it is attached to the front panel. The door strike is mounted across from it when the door is closed. The door can't be opened until it is manually opened. The catch should be replaced if the door doesn't close and the strike is intact. The door catch can hold the door closed to start the cycle but can't hold the door shut to keep the dryer running.

The back of the dryer has a terminal block with power cords connecting to it. If the power cord is overheated or shorted, the insulation will melt, if damaged wires don't complete the electrical circuit to the dryer, or if the outlet cord plug is disconnected.

The blower fan housing has a thermal fuse on it. If the air gets too hot, it will go to the outdoors. If the vent tube is blocked or the damper is closed, it will trip. The thermal fuse shuts off the dryer when it goes off. It prevents the dryer from heating, but the dryer still runs. If the dryer trips, the thermal fuse needs to be replaced.

The door latch assembly includes the dryer door strike. Sometimes it is attached to the front panel. The door strike is pushed into the door catch when it is closed. The door can't be opened until it is manually opened. If the door strikes something, replace it. The catch should be replaced if the door doesn't close and the strike is intact. If the door strike holds the door closed to start the cycle but can't keep the dryer running, replace it.

The drive motor shaft has a blower fan blade on it. The air moves through the dryer when the blower fan blade spins. The blower fan blade rattles or bangs if it's damaged. The blower fan blade should be replaced if it is broken.

The dryer door switch can be used to determine if the door is open or closed. If the door is open, the dryer won't start. If the door switch fails, the dryer will stop. If the switch reads that the door is open when it's not, replace it.

The front of the dryer drum has a plastic bearing. When the drum is rotating, the felt seal of the front panel allows the front of the drum to glide smoothly. The plastic bearing should be replaced if it is worn out or broken.

The operating thermostat senses the air temperature inside the dryer drum. It controls the heating element in an electric dryer and the burner in a gas dryer, turning that heat source on and off to keep the temperature in the Normal setting. If the thermostat doesn't work, the heat source won't be controlled and the dryer won't heat up. The operating thermostat should be replaced if it isn't regulating the dryer heat.

The small amount of friction needed for the belt to grip the drum is created by the idler pulley. It is a good idea to replace the idler pulley if it is damaged. It's not recommended to lubricate a motor pulley.

There is a motor relay in some dryers. The motor relay stays closed if the drive motor doesn't get the correct voltage from the electronic control board. When the voltage supply to the relay stops, the relay opens to stop the drive motor. When the start button is released, the dryer motor stops running.

Follow these steps to fix your issue:

  1. Shut off the power.

    The electrical power should be disconnected from the dryer.

  2. Remove the back panel.

    If you want to remove the screws from the back panel, move the dryer forward. Take the back panel out of the dryer. The dryer cabinet should be vacuumed while it is open.

  3. Disconnect the wires.

    There is a heating element at the bottom of the dryer. If you want to know how to connect the heating element and high-limit thermostat later, you need to know the location of the wires. If you have to pry the wires off the spades, use a slot screwdriver.

  4. Remove the heating element.

    To remove the mounting screws from the heating element, you need to use a 1/2 inch nut driver.

  5. Transfer the high-limit thermostat to the new heating element.

    Attach the high-limit thermostat to the new heating element.

  6. Install the new heating element.

    Attach the mounting screw holes for the new heating element to the heater box. The mounting screws should be inserted and tightened firmly. After the labels or digital photograph, connect the wires to the heating element. To avoid damage to the new element, the wires must be properly connected. A service technician can help you connect the wires.

  7. Reattach the back panel.

    The back of the dryer has a panel. The mounting screw holes should be lined up. Attach the mounting screws.

  8. Plug in the dryer.

    The dryer can be plugged into the wall outlet.

  9. Shut off the power.

    Plug the dryer in. Shut off the gas if it is a gas dryer.

  10. Remove the lint screen.

    The top panel of the dryer has a lint screen.

  11. Remove the lint screen housing screws.

    The lint screen housing can be removed with aPhillips screwdriver.

  12. Raise the cabinet top.

    (not-been-paraphrased) To release the clips that lock the top of the dryer in place, push a putty knife under the lid near the left and right edges of the front of the dryer. Lift the top and prop it securely against the wall behind the dryer.

  13. Disconnect the door switch wire harness.

    The locking tab on the wire harness plug can be loosened using a slot screwdriver. Remove the wire harness.

  14. Remove the door switch.

    The door switch needs to be removed. Take the door switch out of the dryer and put it away.

  15. Install the new door switch.

    Attach the door switch to the mounting screws.

  16. Connect the wire harness.

    The new switch should be plugged into the wire harness. The locking tab needs to engage.

  17. Reassemble the dryer.

    Put the top panel in place by lowering it. Attach the screws to the lint duct housing.

  18. Restore power to the dryer.

    The dryer can be plugged into the wall outlet. If it is a gas dryer, turn on the gas supply.

  19. Shut off the power.

    Plug the dryer. Shut the gas off if you have a gas dryer. Gloves are used to protect hands.

  20. Raise the cabinet top.

    The top panel of the dryer has a lint screen in it. The lint screen housing should be removed with aPhillips screwdriver. Push a knife under the lid near the left and right edges of the front of the dryer to release the clips that keep the top of the dryer in place. Place the top against the wall behind the dryer.

  21. Remove the front panel.

    The door switch has a locking tab on the wire harness plug. The wire harness should be disconnected. To remove the frontpanel mounting screws from the inside of the cabinet, use a 5/16-inch nut driver. Lift the front panel from the 2 bottom hangers. Put the front panel away.

  22. Remove the drum.

    Take a picture of the belt on the idler pulley and the motor pulley so you know how to remove it. To release tension on the belt, push the idler pulley to the right. The drive belt should be removed from the motor pulley. Put the drum out of the dryer. You can lift the drum up and out of the dryer cabinet with the drive belt you just released.

  23. Remove the drum support roller.

    To remove the triangular washer from the drum support roller, use a slot screwdriver. The drum support roller is on the shaft. The dryer cabinet should be vacuumed while the cabinet is open.

  24. Install the new drum support roller.

    The triangular washer is needed to secure the drum support roller onto the shaft.

  25. Reinstall the drum.

    There is a support roller on the rear panel of the dryer cabinet. The drive motor and idler pulley can be accessed by lifting the front of the drum. Referred to the digital picture of the configuration, thread the drive belt through the idler pulley. To loop the drive belt over the motor pulley, push the idler pulley to the right.

  26. Reinstall the front panel.

    The front panel should be on the bottom of the cabinet. Remove the screws from the top of the front panel and place it in the dryer cabinet. The wire harness needs to be plugged into the door switch. The locking tab needs to be engaged properly.

  27. Reassemble the top panel.

    Put the top panel in place by lowering it. Attach the screws to the lint duct housing.

  28. Restore power to the dryer.

    The dryer can be plugged into the wall outlet. If it is a gas dryer, turn on the gas supply.

  29. Shut off the power.

    Plug the dryer in. Shut off the gas if it is a gas dryer. You should wear gloves to protect your hands.

  30. Raise the cabinet top.

    The top panel of the dryer has a lint screen. Pull the clips that lock the top of the dryer in place by pushing a knife under the lid. Lift the top and put it against the wall.

  31. Remove the front panel.

    The locking tab on the wire harness plug can be loosened using a slot screwdriver. Remove the wire harness. The front panel mounting screws need to be removed with a 5/16-inch nut driver. Lift and unhook the front panel from the 2 bottom hangers after pulling it forward. Put the front panel of the dryer away.

  32. Remove the idler pulley.

    If you want to install it correctly, you need to take a picture of the configuration of the drive belt. The drive motor and idler pulley can be accessed by lifting the front of the drum. To release tension on the drive belt, push the idler pulley to the right. Pull the drive belt out of the idler pulley. Pull the idler pulley out of the dryer.

  33. Install the new idler pulley.

    Thread the drive belt through the new idler pulley after installing it at the base of the dryer. To loop the drive belt over the motor pulley, push the idler pulley to the right. The dryer cabinet should be vacuumed while it is open.

  34. Reinstall the front panel.

    The front panel should be on the bottom of the cabinet. Remove the screws from the top of the front panel and place it in the dryer cabinet. The wire harness needs to be plugged into the door switch. The locking tab needs to be engaged properly.

  35. Reassemble the top panel.

    Put the top panel in place by lowering it. Attach the screws to the lint duct housing.

  36. Restore power to the dryer.

    The dryer can be plugged into the wall outlet. If it is a gas dryer, turn on the gas supply.

  37. Shut off the power.

    Plug the dryer in. Shut off the gas if it is a gas dryer. You should wear gloves to protect your hands.

  38. Raise the cabinet top.

    The lint screen needs to be removed from the top panel of the dryer. To remove the 2 screws that secure the lint screen housing to the top panel, use aPhillips screwdriver. To release the clips that lock the top of the dryer in place, push a putty knife under the lid. Put the top against the wall behind the dryer.

  39. Remove the front panel.

    The locking tab on thewire harness plug can be released with a slot screwdriver. Remove the wire harness. The front panel mounting screws need to be removed with a 5/16-inch nut driver. Lift and unhook the front panel from the 2 bottom hangers after pulling it forward. Put the front panel of the dryer away.

  40. Remove the drum.

    Take a picture of the belt on the idler pulley and the motor pulley so you know how to remove it. To release tension on the belt, push the idler pulley to the right. The drive belt should be removed from the motor pulley. Put the drum out of the dryer. You can lift the drum up and out of the dryer cabinet with the drive belt you just released.

  41. Remove the drum glide bearing.

    Push the tabs through the openings in the edge of the drum by squeezing them together. Pull the half of the drum that's bearing out.

  42. Install the new drum glide bearing.

    Attach the locking tabs on the new drum glide bearing with the openings in the drum and snap it into place.

  43. Replace the felt seal.

    Pull the felt seal out of the channel in front of the panel. The dryer cabinet should be vacuumed while the cabinet is open.

  44. Reinstall the drum.

    There is a support roller on the rear panel of the dryer cabinet. The drive motor and idler pulley can be accessed by lifting the front of the drum. Referred to the digital picture of the configuration, thread the drive belt through the idler pulley. To loop the drive belt over the motor pulley, push the idler pulley to the right.

  45. Reinstall the front panel.

    The front panel should be on the bottom of the cabinet. Remove the screws from the top of the front panel and plug it into the door switch. The locking tab needs to be engaged properly.

  46. Reassemble the top panel.

    Put the top panel in place by lowering it. Attach the screws to the lint duct housing.

  47. Restore power to the dryer.

    The dryer can be plugged into the wall outlet. If it is a gas dryer, turn on the gas supply.

Time required: 90 minutes.

You would need the following tools: 1/4-inch nut driver, needle nose pliers, nut driver set, phillips screwdriver, putty knife, slot screwdriver, vacuum cleaner or shop vac, work gloves.

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