Heating element REPLACEMENT
step-by-step dryer repair guide video
How to replace a heating element in an electric dryer
This step-by-step dryer repair guide video explains how to replace the heating element in an electric dryer.
Use these steps to replace the heating element in Kenmore, Whirlpool, Maytag, Amana, Roper, Crosley and Estate dryers with a lint screen located on the top.
Because the heating element generates the dryer's heat, check it if the air in the dryer doesn't get warm.
You can inspect the heating element for damage or breaks in the heating coil. If the heating element is damaged, replace it.
Shut off the power
Unplug the dryer to disconnect electrical power.
Remove the back panel
Move the dryer forward and use a 1/4-inch nut driver to remove the screws from the back panel.
Remove the back panel from the dryer and set it aside.
Pro Tip: While the cabinet is open, vacuum the dust and lint from inside the dryer cabinet.
Disconnect the wires
Locate the heating element near the bottom of the dryer.
Mark the location of wires connected to the heating element and high-limit thermostat or take a digital photograph, so you know how to correctly reconnect them later.
Disconnect the wires, using slot screwdriver to pry the wires off the spades if necessary.
Remove the heating element
Remove the mounting screws from the heating element using a 1/4-inch nut driver and pull it off of the heater box.
Transfer the high-limit thermostat to the new heating element
Remove the high-limit thermostat from the existing heating element and install it on the new heating element.
Install the new heating element
Position the new heating element on the heater box and line up the mounting screw holes. Insert the mounting screws and tighten them firmly.
Properly connect the wires to the new heating element, following the labels or digital photograph. If you are unsure how to connect the wires, have a service technician complete this repair.
For safety and to avoid damage to the new element, the wires must be properly connected.
Reattach the back panel
Position the back panel on the back of the dryer.
Line up the mounting screw holes.
Insert the mounting screws and tighten them firmly.
Plug in the dryer
Plug the dryer into the wall outlet to restore power.