dryer heater

Heat loss, or even too much heat in some situations, is a typical issue with electric dryers.

You most certainly have a burned-out heating coil if all of your heat is gone.

Similar to toaster heating coils, dryer heating coils have a set lifespan and eventually burn out.

Since a loose element could short out against the dryer cabinet and start a fire if your heat goes out, you should stop using it and unhook your dryer right away until a repair can be completed.

The overheating of the clothes dryer is another hazardous heat-related issue.

You may even be able to see the blazing element at the dryer’s back in this situation, and the top may become extremely hot.

In this situation, you have a shorted-out element, which has the potential to spark a fire. So as you could expect, you need to stop using and disconnect an overheating dryer right away.

Depending on the model, access to the dryer heating unit may differ. Some of the more popular access techniques are covered in the stages below.

Disconnecting the power cord is Step 0!


Step 1A: Remove the access panel for the heating units at the back of the dryer.

One just needs to remove 8–10 sheet metal screws to access the heater unit on some models, such as the Maytag Centennial, which has the heater unit on the dryer’s back.

After a few more screws are removed, the heating unit may be removed and replaced by simply unhooking the old unit’s cables and attaching them to the new one.

Other versions can require you to remove the top, a bracket from inside the cabinet, a rear panel, and other components.



Step 1B – For heating units on the inside of the cabinet.

For some types, you have to take off the top and the drum to get to the heating element. Examine Drum Removal and Top Removal. The dryer coil or a compartment containing the dryer coil will be visible once the drum has been removed.



Reassemble the dryer in Step 2.

Reassemble your dryer by following all the previous steps you completed to fix or replace the heating unit in reverse.