Model #LEQ9508PW0 WHIRLPOOL Residential Dryer

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Why did my Whirlpool electric dryer suddenly stop tumbling?


It sounds like what you’re describing is a broken belt. If the dryer is heating but not tumbling I recommend checking the belt. Another possibility; drum binding up.

Please see the images provided below explaining how to check the belt.

SAFETY NOTICE: Be sure to disconnect power to the appliance before performing any repairs. If you are not comfortable with doing any voltage checks that might be recommended, please contact your local service provider for repairs. Be aware that there could be sharp edges inside the appliance that could cause cuts or other injuries to yourself or others.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

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biker dave -
Sears Technician
February 24, 2010

How do I install a heating element in a Whirlpool dryer?


You did not indicate the diagnosis that you made to determine that the heating element needs to be replaced. If you do not apparently see damage to the heating element, you may want to conduct the following tests before replacing the element:

  • Make sure that the dryer is set for a heated cycle.
  • Check the breakers for the dryer. The dryer will run if only one of the 120 volt legs of 240 volt power is supplied to the dryer. If the second leg of 120 volt power is missing, the dryer will not heat.
  • If the breakers are okay, check the voltage at the dryer outlet using the diagram in the second image below. NOTE: You should only check this live outlet voltage if you are completely confident in your technical ability to safely measure it using a volt/ohm meter.
  • A blown thermal cut-off fuse or an open operating thermostat of high limit thermostat could prevent the dryer from heating. I recommend checking the continuity of these components and the heating element to determine the cause of your heating problem.
  • If the above components all test good, then you could have a bad timer, a failed heat switch, a bad motor centrifugal switch or a wiring failure in the heating circuit that could prevent the dryer from heating. I provided the wiring diagram for your dryer in the third image below.

If you are certain that the heating element needs to be replaced, here is the information on replacing it:

The heating element for your dryer is shown as Key 17 in the first image below. To access and change this component, follow these steps:

  1. Unplug the dryer to completely disconnect electrical power.
  2. Remove the back panel of the dryer.
  3. Make a note of how the wires are connected to the original element before removing any wires. The new element will need to be connected in the same manner. Take a digital photo or label the wires if necessary.
  4. Disconnect the wires and remove the screws that secure the heating element to the heater box (Key 14).
  5. Remove the high limit thermostat from the old element and install it on the new heating element.
  6. Mount the new heating element on the heater box.
  7. Reconnect the wires and reassemble the dryer.
Test the dryer to see if the element is working properly.

If you have not yet ordered the heating element, you can get it from the Sears PartsDirect website. The part number is 279838.

If you need more help, resubmit your question with additional details.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
June 22, 2009

I replaced the heater element and it worked.

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drumich -
October 03, 2009
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Why does my electric Whirlpool dryer run and not heat?


First, just because the breakers don't appear to be tripped I recommend flipping both breakers OFF and back ON 2-3 times and then recheck the dryer for heat. The voltage supply should be the first thing to check and confirm before testing anything else. I recommend calling a service technician or someone who knows how to safely check the voltage supply at the dryer.

There could be one out of several possible failures preventing your dryer from heating. I added an image below with the wiring diagram showing all the components which are wired in series with the heating element to check. Each component will need to be tested for continuity with an ohm meter with the washer unplugged and one wire removed from the component being tested.

In order for the heating element to produce heat it must have 220volts supplied to it (L1 and L2). In order for the L1 voltage to make it to one terminal of the heater, timer switch 1 must close (BK to R), the Heat Switch must close contact AH to AH1, the Thermal Cutoff must be good and have a complete circuit, the Operating Thermostat must be good and have a complete circuit through it and the High Limit thermostat must be good with a complete circuit through it and over to the heater. The L2 voltage originates at the terminal block and connects to 2M on the motor. When the motor starts the motor centrifugal switch must close 2M and 1M to complete the L2 circuit to the other terminal on the heater in order for the heater to get hot.

I recommend calling a service technician to diagnose and repair your dryer.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
April 20, 2009

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