How to Change the Heating Element in Your Dryer

If you have to keep running your clothes through the dryer again and again and still find they are damp, it may be time to replace the heating element.  You can hire a professional to do this, or you can save a lot of money by doing this quick task on your own.

The first thing you need to do is unplug the dryer.  Remove the exhaust hose and the rear panel from the dryer.  Looking at the back of the dryer, you will see a long metal housing on the right hand side.  This is where the heating element is located.

There should be a black sensor on the top of the housing.  Unscrew the sensor and remove it.  Once the screws are removed, lift up on the casing and remove it, pulling gently.  Once the casing is removed, turn it upside down.  You will see a single screw that holds the heating element in place.  Remove the screw and pull the element out. 

You can test the element by using a voltmeter, or have it tested at a home centre or appliance store.  This will tell you if the heating element actually needs replacing.  If it does, take the part to a nearby appliance store and purchase a new element.

When installing the element, simple reverse the steps.  Screw it into the casing and then replace the casing and the sensor.  Reattach the rear panel of the dryer and connect the exhaust hose, and then plug the machine in.  You will soon have dry clothes and no repair bill.

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