Changing the heating element in your Whirlpool dryer is one of the easiest do-it-yourself appliance repairs. Dryer heating elements commonly fail, so learning how to do this simple maintenance is very worthwhile. If you can replace your heating element instead of buying a brand new dryer, you can save a lot of money. This article explains how to easily change a heating element in a Whirlpool dryer.
Accessing the Main Compartment
First, you need to access the main compartment of the dryer and find the heating element. Before you do this, unplug the dryer for safety. The front or back side of the dryer will have a removable panel. All you need is to remove a few screws with a power drill to remove the panel. Once the panel is removed, you will be able to see inside the dryer, but you might need a flashlight. The heating element is easy to identify because it is aluminum with copper, spring-like coils. It is usually near the center or side of the compartment.
Removing the Heating Element
Once you have found the heating element, you need to unplug the power supply directly to it. Then, find the screws that attach it the mounting plate. These can be easily removed, and then you will be able to take the element out of the dryer. Clean the compartment while you have everything removed and the power supply is unplugged.
Installing the New Heating Element
Make sure you purchase an actual Whirlpool heating element. You can find Whirlpool appliance replacement parts according to the model number of your dryer. If you buy a generic or third-party product, you will probably void the warranty on your dryer. Also, a brand name heating element is bound to work better, and you will have fewer issues with the installation process. Installing your new heating element is just a matter of putting it back in place and reattaching the screws. Be sure to use the new screws that came with your new element. The screws need to be very tight so the element does not get loose during the normal vibration of the dryer. Also, make sure you plug in the power before closing up your dryer.
With your new element in place, your dryer will be able to heat up better and dry your clothes quicker. In the long run, this will help reduce your energy bills as well.