Model #WED5200VQ0 WHIRLPOOL residential dryer

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heating up WED5200VQ0 Whirlpool Residential dryer


Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

If the dryer is producing heat, the heating element is likely Okay. Generally speaking, the most common causes of a load taking 2-3 cycles to dry is a pinched vent hose or restriction or blockage in the vent system. For testing purposes only; disconnect the vent hose from the back of the dryer and then dry a normal load of clothes. If the load dries in a normal amount of time, this would confirm a restriction in the venting system or pinched vent hose. Also, check the vent cap outside too and make sure it's not restricted or the flapper door stuck shut.

If it doesn't dry in a normal amount of time with the vent hose disconnected, then I would remove and inspect the heating element. A heating element can be broken/burnt in two and still heat if the element is shorted to the heater housing.

I added an image below with the procedure of removing the heating element. NOTE: Disconnect the power cord from the power source before servicing.

 Check the things I have covered here and if I may be of further assistance as more details become available, please reply to this post.

 If you get to the point where you need to have a service technician diagnose and repair this failure, you can schedule service through this link: Sears Home Services.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
June 05, 2013

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