If you have a dryer not heating you have come to the right place. The information in this article is designed for the do-it-yourselfer or homeowner and requires only basic hand tools. A clothes dryer that will not heat is actually one of the most common complaints for both gas and electric dryers.
In this article we will talk about how to fix an electric dryer that is not heating. If you are not familiar with our basic rules of appliance repair for do-it-yourselfers and homeowners, you should definitely read and follow those basic instructions before you begin to repair any electric clothes dryer that’s not heating. The basic rules of appliance repair information has been assembled by experienced technicians who have made many mistakes over the years. Save yourself the aggravation and follow those basic rules before you begin.
Once you familiarize yourself with the basic rules of appliance repair you should know that you need to check the voltage at the receptacle and verify that the dryer controls are set properly. Many a dryer has been disassembled only to find out that the dryer heat selector switch was set to air fluff.
Obviously different dryer manufacturers put dryer heaters in different places so we won’t be able to cover all the different locations where you’re going to find a heater on a specific brand. However when it’s time to check the dryer heating element it is very important that the dryer is disconnected from the electrical service.
When you are ready to check the dryer heater you need to disconnect the wires that supply the power to the dryer heating element. If you find one of the wires burned off the terminals you have found the problem. The heater is not defective because the two things that will cause the wires to burn up and separate are excessive heat or current flow. The heating element must be intact for both those to happen. After you repair the wire check for a vent restriction or other airflow obstruction.
You can check a dryer heater resistance using an ohmmeter. Today ohmmeters are incorporated in multimeters. The meter sends out a small amount of electricity from its battery and measures how resistant the circuit is to the flow of electrons. The resistance to the flow of electricity is measured in Ohms. The higher the resistance a circuit has the higher its Ohm reading will be.