How to Repair a Kenmore Dryer that Overheats

Appliance Express
August 13, 2018
Dryer Repair

If your dryer seems like it’s heating at one temperature and that temperature has been charring your clothes, there is a high probability that the heating element has shorted out and needs to be replaced.

It might seem odd that the cause of an overheated dryer would be a malfunctioning heating element. This particular dryer repair could entail a thermostat, a clogged vent, the blower wheel, or a felt seal, but many times it turns out to be the heating element.
The purpose of the heating element is to send warm air to the dryer drum. When the element shorts out, the result is a continuous flow of heat in spite of the dryer reaching the proper temperature.

Tools Needed

  • Putty knife
  • ¼ inch socket
  • ¼ inch nut driver
  • Multimeter

How to Gain Access to the Heating Element

  • Slide the putty knife between the top of the lower panel and the bottom of the top panel.
  • Release two tabs by prying in a downward fashion located about 4-inches from each side.
  • Remove the lint screen.
  • Remove ¼ inch screws that secure the blower duct in place.
  • Set the multimeter to ohms to check continuity.
  • Remove the two wires that connect to the heating element located to the left of the blower duct.
  • With your multimeter place one probe on either terminal and ground the other probe.
  • If the meter shows continuity from either terminal, the element has shorted out and will need to be replaced.

How to Remove and Replace the Heating Element

  • Remove the two connecting wires from the heating element (this should have been completed in the last section).
  • With the ¼ inch nut driver, remove the bracket that protects the heating element. Remember to remove a screw hidden from view, located mid-way, under the bracket.
  • The last screw to remove is located just behind the two terminals.
  • Remove the bracket and set aside.
  • Slide the old heating element out of its cavity and prepare to slide the new one in place.
  • Follow these detailed instructions in reverse order to seal up the dryer.
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