Burned out element
Jerry P. • Seattle, WA • December 21, 2014
Appliance: Model MODEL (P) NED7200TW
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I fixed by just removing 4 screws. Three from around the dry vent so that the dryer vent would come out of the back of the dryer. The other one, is all the way to the front of the dryer and facing away from the worker which needs a bit of dexterity to reach with a short shafted Philips screw driver, that holds the element housing in place. Then I unpluged the two power wires to the element housing and removed it through the vent hole. There are several screws holding the element housing together but come out very quickly. The old element contacts have a little ear that holds them in their holes which I bent straight with a needle nose pliers and reversed that procedure with the new element. I was unable to use the short screw to hold the element housing in place because when I tried to start the screw with my hand the knuckles on my hand hit the element housing structure raising it so the the two holes would come unaligned. I got around this by just using an 1 1/4" long screw of the same diameter, which I was able to easily start and turn almost all the way in before needing the Philips driver again. Then I put a small flash light it the dryer vent line so that I could see to alien it with the female plastic housing in the front of the dryer and replace the 3 holding screws for the vent frame. I did vacuum out all the dust and lint that I could see once inside the dryer housing (which was a lot by my surprise) so I will be opening that up from time to time to clean it out. I think that we have had the dryer for around seven years or so and it and the washer have done very well so far.
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