Okay so my dryer smelled like it was burning and I discovered the heating element had the center plate between the coils charred black and cracked. In the replacement video it shows the old unit as being black also. I consulted a materials expert who told me that in order to burn off the zinc layer of the galvanized steel the heating element was probably getting way too hot possibly because of too much current. How would I know that replacing the heating element won't just burn up the new one too?
ANSWER Hello Joe. This usually happens due to a bad venting issue. It could be a kinked vent pipe, clogged pipe, or clogged inside the dryer. You need to check the dryer first on the unit. In most cases, this is the reason for the blackened plate in the heater. With a clamp on ampmeter. Using Ohms' law, you can figure the current flow with the voltage applied and the resistance of the element. If the current flow is too high, a short in the circuit exists that should be troubleshot.
Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com | Thursday, April 04, 2013