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Help!...My dryer no longer heats but still spins. What could the problem be?

Trying the DIY way before calling a professional.


Asked by Liveyourlifeval at 6:40 PM on Nov. 8, 2010 in Technology

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Answers (14)
  • We had one go out of us about 4 years ago.  Had it replaced and it was around $130 and they had a warranty on it for about 2 years.

    Read this: The cost of replacing the heating element on a dryer can depend on several factors including make/ model or electric or gas dryers. The average cost of a heating element for a dryer starts at $50 and climbs up to $799, so if your dryer is on the inexpensive side replacing your dryer might be a better option for you. However, if your dryer is expensive to replace than the cost of the dryer heater element may be worth your time and energy to replace."


    Answer by musicmom08 at 10:55 PM on Nov. 10, 2010

  • the heating element could be shot

    Answer by layh41407 at 6:41 PM on Nov. 8, 2010

  • heating element

    Answer by 4_28_bbboy at 6:42 PM on Nov. 8, 2010

  • My husband has replaced our dryer's heating element before. We have Kenmore appliances and you can order parts online. I assume you can get other brand's parts now too. Plus ours always came with great diagrams. My DH just said that it is a relatively easy repair if you do DIY things often. Google your dryer brand and parts and if you saved the manual there might be helpful diagrams and phone numbers. Good luck with it!

    Answer by elizabr at 7:23 PM on Nov. 8, 2010

  • Let's hope one of you is the handy person - as the others have said - the heating element and elizabr's suggestion to find the manual online.

    Answer by tasches at 7:25 PM on Nov. 8, 2010

  • My mom had to replace her heating element a few years ago. She did it herself, and she's not the handy-woman type. But the dryer worked wonderfully after that. Just remember to turn it down again if you've gotten used to drying everything in high.

    Answer by Reenieredhead at 8:59 PM on Nov. 8, 2010

  • elemenet yes i agree

    Answer by san78 at 8:24 AM on Nov. 9, 2010

  • Heating element. Not a DIY fix.

    Answer by TwoBrownDogs at 10:12 PM on Nov. 10, 2010

  • If it's a gas dryer, could be as simple as the pilot light is out, happened to us once before.

    Answer by Indyk at 12:10 AM on Nov. 9, 2010

  • Maybe the heating element needs replacing.. =) GL

    Answer by WhitneyMommyOf2 at 3:20 AM on Nov. 10, 2010