Yesterday, we wrote about how our Whirlpool Duet Dryer stopped generating heat (but kept pushing air into the tumbler) to dry our wet clothes and how the heating element was determined to be the culprit.
Tom, from North Durham Appliance, returned in a few minutes with a spare heating element (part number 3387747 to be exact ), to replace the existing faulty unit. The above picture shows the inside of the Duet clothes dryer with the front cover removed and with the build up of lint over the first five years of its use removed.
It did not take Tom long at all to place the new heating element inside the now cleaned interior of the dryer. Once he put it into place and plugged a few wires into the unit, he plugged the dryer back into the specialized electric socket in the wall and turned the dryer on.
You can see the red glow of the replacement heating element above working inside the Duet clothes dryer.
It was very nice to have our clothes dryer working again.
In all, the service call, replacement part, etc. cost us $222.79.
So remember, if your dryer does not seem to be drying the wet clothes, first check that it is generating heat. If not, check the vent to make sure it is clear. Also, check the electric panel in your home to be sure that a breaker has not tripped. The dryer can be engaged and air flowing into the tumbler area yet no heat if one of the two breakers has been tripped.
Failing these steps, and if you are not comfortable with electronics, call your local repair company as it could be the heating element as was the case with our Whirlpool Duet dryer. Hopefully your unit is still under warranty; ours was not.
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