How Do You Repair an Electric Clothes Dryer That Does Not Heat?


Quick Answer

To repair a clothes dryer that does not heat, reset the circuit breaker, check the reading on the heating element and replace heating element if necessary. Check the heating element by using a multimeter.

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Before repairing or replacing, reset the circuit breaker providing power to the dryer. If that does not remedy the problem, troubleshoot it by following these steps.

  1. Check the thermofuse
  2. Unplug the clothes dryer and move it away from the wall to gain access to the back panel. Unscrew the metal panel from the back and remove the cover. Disconnect the heating element wires and test the heating element with a multimeter. If there is no reading, the heating element is bad and needs replacing.

  3. Replace the heating element
  4. Unscrew the screws that hold the lint cover if it is on the top of the clothes dryer. Slip a stiff putty knife under the corners of the top to unhook the lid. Tilt the lid to expose the heating element compartment. Unscrew and remove the bracket from the dryer frame. Lift out the metal heating element enclosure and remove screws and unplug the four wires. Replace the old heating element with the new one, install bracket back to dryer frame, lower the lid and screw back lint cover screws.

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