To replace the heating element in a GE dryer, disconnect the gas and electrical connections, open the appropriate dryer panel, disconnect the wires connected to the dryer, and remove and replace the heating element. Reassemble the dryer after installing the new heating element.
After disconnecting the gas and electrical connections, remove the dryer's front or back panel and drum according to the directions in the owner's manual. Use the owner's manual to locate the combustion tube, and follow the wires that connect the combustion tube to a porcelain base. Disconnect any wires that are connected to the dryer. After locating the porcelain base, pull the harness apart using the hands, loosen the bolt that is located in the center of the porcelain base using a wrench, and remove the old heating element.
Set the new heating element into place, replace the porcelain base, and tighten the bolt to secure the heating element. Reattach the wire harness to the combustion tube, and replace the dryer panel. Reconnect the gas and electrical connections, and test the function of the new heating element by turning the dryer on. Avoid touching the metal end of the heating element during the installation to prevent it from malfunctioning after the installation is complete.