I have a maytag dryer that spins, but does not heat at all. I am assuming that the issue is the heating element. Is there anything
else that it could be? The dryer is 3-5 years old.
You will want to test the thermostats and thermal fuses to ensure that they are good. There are 2 components other than the thermostats which would cause the heating element not to work. First is the motor and second the timer. The best option is to disconnect the power to the unit and access the heating element. Disconnect one wire that is going to the heating element, preferably the one on the thermostat side. Plug the unit back up and using a multimeter you will want to turn the dryer on and test for 120 vac at the terminal on the heater where the wire was disconnected. What this will do is eliminate the heater element itself and the motor. If there is 120 vac at this point then you know the heater is good and the motor is good because the other 120 vac coming through the thermostats is the timer side of the circuit. If there is not 120 vac at that point then you will want to test the other terminal on the heater and check for 120 vac. If there is not 120 vac then the motor would be bad and if there is 120 vac then the heater would be the issue. If there is 120 vac at each point then the heater is faulty.
How do I get to the heating element for a Kenmore Elite Oasis Dryer, back or front panel? If it's from a front, how do I remove the front panel?
Answer Karel, You will access he heater, and all components from the front. Remove power to the dryer. Use a putty knife or flat blade tool to release the hold down spring clips from the front corners and raise the top panel. Remove the 1/4 in. hex head screws from the inside of the cabinet, that attach the front panel to the cabinet flange. Lift up and out on the panel, disconnect the door switch wire harness and set the front panel aside. Remove the four screws attaching the bulkhead to the cabinet, and the two screws holding the outlet duct to the base, and remove the bulkhead. You can now remove the drum if you wish, but the heater assembly will be located in the left corner of the base of the dryer, and can be removed.
To get to the heating element, do I remove front or back?
Answer Hello Dave. You must raise the top panel and remove the front of the dryer to access.
I have 120 going to each leg and 240 together but no heat.
If you have 240 vac at the heater but no heat then the heater would be the issue and need to be replaced.