How to Change the Heating Element in a Kenmore Dryer

If your Kenmore dryer isn’t heating up then you are probably dealing with a faulty heating element.

Replacing your heating element will give your dryer back its heat!Replacing your heating element will give your dryer back its heat!
Heating elements provide the dryer with heat to evaporate moisture from the clothing. Changing the heating element on your Kenmore dryer doesn’t require a technician. You can do it yourself with little hassle and a couple of tools.

Start off by unplugging the dryer from the electrical outlet in your laundry room. Pull the dryer from the wall so you can get behind the unit.

Use a screwdriver to remove the screws holding the back panel on the dryer. Remove the back panel from the dryer and located the heating element cabinet. This will be a small cabinet with a door on it held on by screws.

Use a small pair of pliers to remove the heating element wires from the heating element. The heating element will be a small can-like object in the heating element cabinet.

Replace the wires onto your new heating element and place it back into the heating element cabinet. Replace the back panel of the dryer and the screws holding it on.

Plug the dryer back into the electrical power outlet on the wall and turn the dryer on to test it.

Things You Will Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Small pliers
  • New heating element

Warning

  • Do not work on your dryer while it is still plugged into the wall. You could be electrocuted or get shocked.

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Charles Poole holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Appalachian State University. He started freelancing in college for local publications in Boone, N.C. and is continuing his career through online freelancing with a specialization in affiliate marketing, blogging and SEO.