This post will help you diagnose and fix your electric dryer if it has no heat and the drum still tumbles.
Things to keep in mind
- Kitchenaid, Kenmore, Estate, Roper, Ingles, and Maytag dryers (made after 2006) are all made by Whirlpool.
- Safety first, be sure to unplug your machine before getting started.
- 1/4″ hex head driver
- 5/16″ hex head driver
- needle nose pliers
Possible Parts Needed
- Part# 279186 – High limit thermostat/Thermal fuse kit
- Part# 279838 – Heating Element
- These parts may differ by model. Do a model number search to be sure that these parts work for your Whirlpool dryer.
Where to buy
Before getting started with the diagnoses, you will want to first unplug your dryer. Once your dryer is unplugged you will need to remove the back panel of your dryer. There are a series of hex head screws that need to be removed. (They are usually 1/4″, but some older dryers have 5/16″ head screws.)
Testing the parts
Next locate the heating element. Turn your multimeter to the ohm setting. Unhook one of the terminals and test the heating element for continuity. If your multimeter shows a reading of 1, it needs to be replaced. The pictures below show a good heating element, thermal fuse, and high limit thermostat.
If your heating element is fine, the next thing to check is your high limit thermostat and thermal fuse.