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.
These are the only tools that you need for this job: A 5/16″ nut driver, wire stripper, electrical tape, and flashlight.
First, unplug the dryer.
Those screws that are just visible at the bottom front corners are the ones you need to remove to open the cabinet.
This is the new heating element.
This is the other side of the new heating 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.
Putting a two by four under the front edge of the dryer makes it a lot easier to get at these screws.
Off comes the access panel…
First glimps inside of the clothes dryer…
That black plastic blower housing doesn’t have to come off, but removing it only involves 3 screws and greatly improves access.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cut the burnt part of the wire off.
Strip about 3/4″ of both wires…
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.
Screw on the wire nut as far as it will go. BTW the wire nuts came with the new 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.
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.
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.