How to Connect the Heating Element to a Whirlpool Cabrio Dryer

David Clair

When a Whirlpool Cabrio automatic dryer appears to run normally but laundry is not getting dried, the dryer cabinet may not be receiving adequate heat. The heating element is an electrical device that increases the dryer temperature to the high levels needed to dry wet clothing to dry as it tumbles inside the drum.

Should the heating element inside your Cabrio dryer fail, it may be necessary to remove it and install a new part in its place. Connecting a new heating element inside your dryer is a straightforward repair the homeowner can carry out, eliminating the need for an expensive and time-consuming service call.

  1. Unplug the power cord. Slide the Whirlpool Cabrio dryer away from the wall so you can get to the back.

  2. Remove the screws holding the rear access panel in place. Lift the access panel off.

  3. Remove the screw at the top of the heating element assembly. The heating element assembly is a rectangular metal enclosure toward the right side of the cabinet.

  4. Unplug the wires from the heating element with the needle-nose pliers.

  5. Remove the heating element assembly out of the Whirlpool Cabrio dryer cabinet.

  6. Remove the retaining screw at the base of the assembly. Slide the heating element out.

  7. Insert the new heating element into the assembly. Install the retaining screw to hold the element in place.

  8. Position the heating element assembly into the dryer cabinet. Install the screw that holds it to the cabinet. Plug the wires into their sockets.

  9. Replace the rear access panel. Install the screws that hold it in place.