How to Replace a Dryer Thermistor

 

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This step-by-step dryer repair guide shows how to replace a dryer thermistor. The thermistor, which is usually attached to the blower housing, measures the temperature inside the dryer. If the thermistor fails completely and stops sensing the temperature, the control panel usually displays an error code, and the dryer stops. If you suspect that the thermistor isn't accurately sensing the temperature, you can check it with a volt/ohm meter. Consult the tech sheet that came with your dryer for information about thermistor testing and, if the thermistor is the problem, replace it with a manufacturer-approved replacement part.

housing located at the bottom of the door opening. The basic repair procedure also works for similar dryers such as Maytag, Amana and GE dryers with removable service panels on the front of the cabinet.

Repair difficulty:
     
Time required:

Less than 30 min.

Parts Required

  • Dryer thermistor

Tools required

  • Socket wrench set
  • Putty knife
  • Work gloves
  • Vacuum (optional)

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands.

 

Instructions

 Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

Step 1: Shut off the power

Unplug the dryer. If it's a gas dryer, shut off the gas.

Step 2: Remove the service panel

To release the clips that hold the service panel in place, push a putty knife into the gap above the service panel on each end

Pull the top of the service panel forward and remove it.

Step 3: Remove the lint duct assembly

Pull the lint screen. Remove the screws that secure the lint duct assembly to the lint duct housing. Pull the lint duct assembly out of the dryer and set it aside.

Step 4: Detach the thermistor

Locate the thermistor atop of the blower housing. Carefully remove the wires from the thermistor.

Using a 1/4" wrench, remove the mounting screws that secure the thermistor to the top of the blower housing. Remove the thermistor and set it aside for disposal. 

 Tip: While the dryer cabinet open, vacuum dust and lint from the bottom of the dryer cabinet.

Step 5: Install the new thermistor

Position the new thermistor on the blower housing and fasten the mounting screws. Connect the wires to the new thermistor—it doesn't matter which spade connectors you attach the wires to.

Step 6: Replace the lint duct assembly

Place the lint duct assembly in its housing. Insert the mounting screws and tighten firmly.

Reinstall the lint screen.

Step 7: Reinstall the service panel

Line up the bottom lip of the service panel with the base of the dryer. Push the top of the service panel to engage the locking clips.

Step 8: Restore power to the dryer

Plug the dryer into the wall outlet. If it's a gas dryer, turn on the gas supply to the dryer.