How to Replace a Heating Element in an Electric Dryer


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This step-by-step dryer repair guide explains how to replace the heating element in an electric dryer. Because the heating element generates the dryer's heat, check it if the air in the dryer doesn't get warm. You can inspect the heating element for damage or breaks in the heating coil. If the heating element is damaged, replacing it with the manufacturer-approved replacement part.

Use these steps to replace the heating element in Kenmore, Whirlpool, Maytag, Amana, Roper, Crosley and Estate dryers with a lint screen housing located in the top cabinet panel.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 30 min.

Parts Required

  • Replacement heating element

For manuals, repair guides, and specific part recommendations, enter your model number.

Tools Required

  • 1/4" nut driver
  • Slot screwdriver
  • Vacuum cleaner or shop vac
  • Work gloves

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands.


 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.

How to replace a heating element in an electric dryer

Step 1: Shut off the power

Unplug the dryer to disconnect electrical power.

Step 2: Remove the back panel

Move the dryer forward and use a 1/4" nut driver to remove the screws from the back panel. Remove the back panel from the dryer and set it aside.

 Tip: While you have the back of the cabinet open, vacuum lint and dust from the cabinet.

Step 3: Disconnect the wires

Locate the heating element near the bottom of the dryer.

Mark the location of wires connected to the heating element and high-limit thermostat or take a digital photograph, so you know how to correctly reconnect them later. 

Disconnect the wires, using slot screwdriver to pry the wires off the spades if necessary.

Step 4: Remove the heating element

Remove the mounting screws from the heating element using a 1/4" nut driver and pull it off of the heater box.

Step 5: Transfer the high-limit thermostat to the new heating element

Remove the high-limit thermostat from the existing heating element and install it on the new heating element. 

Step 6: Install the new heating element

Position the new heating element on the heater box and line up the mounting screw holes. Insert the mounting screws and tighten them firmly. 

Properly connect the wires to the new heating element, following the labels or digital photograph.

 Warning: For safety and to avoid damage to the new element, the wires must be properly connected. If you are unsure how to connect the wires, have a service technician complete this repair.

Step 7: Reattach the back panel

Position the back panel on the back of the dryer. Line up the mounting screw holes. Insert the mounting screws and tighten them firmly.

Step 8: Plug in the dryer

Plug the dryer into the wall outlet to restore electrical power.