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gooch 03-25-2007 08:12 PM

electric dryer heating element
i have stackable washer/dryer. the dryer part doesnt seem to be heating up enough. i can put the dryer on a 90 minute cycle and the clothes wont even be close to being dry. i dont know anything about dryers but the element has continuity through it. my question is can an element be bad even if it has continuity through it? i have bought a new limit switch, could this fix my problem? i would like to get some advice from someone who has a better idea than i do before i put everything back together. any suggestions would be appreciated. thanks.

elementx440 03-26-2007 04:27 PM

I had the same sort of problem last year. I replaced the heating element and the dryer works perfectly. I believe there was NOT continuity through my element, but there was 240v present at the connectors. You may want to pull the element out and inspect it by hand.

Try carefully measuring the voltage at the terminals while it is running to make sure it is getting any voltage.

Is there any heat at all? How's the airflow? Try disconnecting the exhaust vent from the output to see if it gets any better.

gooch 03-27-2007 09:31 PM

i replaced the thermostat (limit switch?) plus i think my exhaust vent was smashed behind the dryer so it wasnt getting much air flow. seems to work fine now except now the washing machine part leaks water. im sure i just need to tighten a fitting though. thanks for the help.

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