Jul
31
2008
3

How to replace a Clothes Dryer Element

If your electric clothes dryer runs but doesn’t get warm then you probably need a new heating element.

This is an Amana brand dryer. Apparently all Amana and Speed Queen dryers use the exact same parts and repair procedure. I would consider this a very simple clothes dryer repair that is well within the reach of just about anyone who would be willing to tackle it. Estimated time required is 30-60 minutes. The Part was about $40.

Replacing a dryer element

These are the only tools that you need for this job: A 5/16″ nut driver, wire stripper, electrical tape, and flashlight.

Replacing a dryer element

First, unplug the dryer.

Replacing a dryer element

Those screws that are just visible at the bottom front corners are the ones you need to remove to open the cabinet.

Replacing a dryer element

This is the new heating element.

Replacing a dryer element

This is the other side of the new heating element.

Replacing a dryer element

Here I’m using my handy dandy Enders brand 6 in 1 screw driver as a 5/16 nut driver to remove the access panel.

Replacing a dryer element

Putting a two by four under the front edge of the dryer makes it a lot easier to get at these screws.

Replacing a dryer element

Off comes the access panel…

Replacing a dryer element

First glimps inside of the clothes dryer…

Replacing a dryer element

That black plastic blower housing doesn’t have to come off, but removing it only involves 3 screws and greatly improves access.

Replacing a dryer element

Replacing a dryer element

Replacing a dryer element

Here’s the view inside. Way back on the left is the old element. Plenty of dryer lint in there… Vacuming it out would probably be a really good idea.

Replacing a dryer element

The dryer element is only held in place by two 5/16 screws that are easily accessable. Although access does involve laying face down on the floor and reaching about as far back as I can reach.

Replacing a dryer element

Here is the new element on the right and the old one on the left. If you look close you will notice that the wires aren’t plugged into the correct places on the new element. It is quite easy to switch them around when they are side by side like this.

Replacing a dryer element

This burnt insulation means that I have to replace the female spade connector. Luckily my replacement part came with two pre-made “pigtails” for just such occasions.

Replacing a dryer element

Cut the burnt part of the wire off.

Replacing a dryer element

Strip about 3/4″ of both wires…

Replacing a dryer element

Twist them together and then trim to about 1/2″. Be Sure and twist clockwise so that the splice will tighten when you screw on the wire nut.

Replacing a dryer element

Screw on the wire nut as far as it will go. BTW the wire nuts came with the new element.

Replacing a dryer element

Since a clothes dryer is subject to vibration it is a good idea to secure the wire nut with a few turns of electrical tape.

Replacing a dryer element

All connections are made and the heating element is ready to install. I recommend that you do plug in the wires and make the connections before installing the element, because it’s pretty hard to reach back in there after it’s in place, and the wires don’t get in your way at all.

Replacing a dryer element

The new element is in place. Now just replace the black plastic blower housing, the front access cover, remove the 2 by 4, and plug ‘er in. Total clothes dryer repair elapsed time, about 30 minutes, If you don’t run into any snags.

Your Dryer isn’t like this? Try looking here for Dryer Disasembly how to’s on other brands.

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