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Offline mcf57

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Is a new heating element needed here?
« on: July 14, 2010, 08:47:39 AM »
I have a 12yr old Whirlpool electric dryer (model ler7646eq0) that doesn't seem to be drying as well as it use to. It takes at least two cycles to properly dry clothes. It has been suggested that it might be due to one of the heating elements no longer working properly and needs to be replaced.

While I am no professional repair tech, I have performed various small/minor repairs on some other appliances I have including a Maytag fridge & Whirlpool washer so I feel confident that I may be able to tackle this job if its not too hard. Does this problem sound like the heating element is the issue? Can the heating element of this Whirlpool ler7646eq0 be changed fairly easily by a novice?

If so, where is a good place to get the part needed? I do have a local Sears parts store in my area that I used for repairing my Whirlpool washer so maybe they would have some parts for this Whirlpool dryer as well. Would this be my best bet or should I go with someone online? I guess I would need a service manual as well, correct? If so, can that be found online as well or does it usually come with the part?

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Re: Is a new heating element needed here?
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2010, 09:21:21 AM »
Unplug the dryer and remove the rear cover. You heater element has 2 screws that hold it to the heater chamber. Click picture for enlargement
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Re: Is a new heating element needed here?
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2010, 09:34:03 AM »
If you have heat, your problem is not the element.  Most of the time it is a plugged vent.  Look in the back and make sure your vent hose is not crushed by the dryer.  Do you have good air flow to the outside vent?  You may need to clean your vent.  The best tool for cleaning long vent runs is the Linteater.

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Re: Is a new heating element needed here?
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2010, 09:36:49 AM »
The heater element is either gonna be good or bad no in between.
If the heater is good and all other components check for continuity:
You might have a bad timer or an electrical issue. The motor on your dryer runs on standard 120 wall current but the heater needs 240 volts for its 5000 watt element.
Over time the circuit breaker takes a beating on the heat load side. Just opening the outside vent can greatly improve clothes drying times.
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