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Whirlpool Electric Dryer: Checking the Dryer Heating Element

If you have noticed that your Whirlpool electric dryer doesn't heat any longer, it needs to be checked up and repaired as soon as possible, otherwise it can make your life troublesome and, in some cases, unbearable. So, if you know that you can cope with the problem on your own, this article will be of great help for you in locating the necessary components in this device. Those are the components that can make your dryer stop working in a proper way.

Dealing with an electric dryer, it is important to remember that it is powered by 240 volts, so ensure that this device is unplugged before starting any diagnostics and repairing your dryer. As there're a few components in a Whirlpool electric dryer that can get broken causing problems with drying and heating. To learn which one has failed you'll need to check them with a multi-meter. This procedure should be done from the rear part of the device.

First of all, ensure that the dryer cord isn't connected with the outlet. Further you'll need to remove the vent from the rear side of the dryer and put it somewhere aside. To take off the back panel you'll have to remove ten 1/4 socket screws. Doing this you can start checking the dryer heating element, hi-limit thermostats, thermal fuse, and operating thermostat.

It's is significant to mention that the heater is situated on the right side of the dryer. To check the dryer heating element, take off the two red wires that are connected with the heater terminal situated on the lower part of the heater casing. Check up the terminals with the help of a multi-meter. There should be continuity. If there is no continuity, it means that the dryer heating element is broken and should be replaced.

The second component that can fail is the thermal fuse located on the left side of the dryer. The thermal fuse is generally thin, white in color, and about two inches long. Have it checked for continuity. In case you have found some problems with the fuse, it's recommended to ensure that the vent of the dryer is clear. The vent that leads from the dryer to outside is meant in this case. If it's too hot in the dryer, the fuse will most probably fail to work correctly.

You next task will be checking up of two hi-limit thermostats attached to the dryer heating element casing. Test them for continuity as well. For this, the wires should be unplugged and tested with the help of a multi-meter. Let's remind that one thermostat is situated on the top of the dryer, while the other one - on the bottom of the device near the heating element terminals. Those thermostats can often fail that is accompanied with cutting of the power necessary for the proper work of the heating element.

And certainly, the operating thermostat should be properly tested. It's located on the rear of the dryer. The operating thermostat works in such a way that the heat is turned on and off to maintain a constant temperature of about 155 degrees on the average cycle. This thermostat is located under the thermal fuse. What needs to be checked is the continuity between the two larger thermostat terminals. If it has no continuity, have it immediately replaced.

Summing up, it's necessary to say that if the checked components of the dryer have been thoroughly repaired, but the device doesn't work in a proper way, you're advised to use the service of your local repair experts. The problem may be connected with the wiring or some other components.