How to Remove a Heating Element in a Roper Dryer


Replacing a faulty heating element in your Whirlpool Roper dryer will require removal of the old element first. You need to take the old element along with the model number of your dryer to an appliance repair facility to purchase the correct replacement. Roper dryers use either a short element or a long element, which you cannot determine until you take the back off the dryer.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Nut driver set
  • Socket wrench set
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Unplug the Whirlpool Roper dryer power cord from the wall outlet. Slide the dryer away from the wall enough that you have room to work.

  • Loosen the clamp securing the exhaust duct to the back of the dryer with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Pull the exhaust duct away from the dryer. Loosen the clamp that secures the power cord to the rear panel of the dryer with the Phillips-head screwdriver.

  • Remove the eight screws securing the back panel to the dryer with a nut driver or socket wrench. Pull the rear panel away from the dryer and place it to the right side of the dryer. Feed the power cord through the back panel carefully to avoid having to disconnect the cord from the dryer.

  • Locate the heating element on the right side rear of the dryer. There are two long cans on each side of the Roper dryer. The can on the right houses the heating element. If there are two hex head screws 6 inches from the bottom of the can, your unit uses the short element. If you do not have the hex head screws then your unit uses the long element.

  • Grab the wire ends that connect to the heating element with a pair of needle nose pliers for either the short or long heating element. Pull the wires off the heating element terminals. Remove the wires from the hi limit thermostat on the side of the can with the needle nose pliers.

  • Look at the top of the can and locate the screw that secures the strap, if you have the long heating element. Turn the screw counter-clockwise to remove it from the strap. Tilt the top of the can toward you and lift up to disengage the can from the bottom retaining clip.

  • Remove the can from the dryer and locate the single screw that secures the heating element to the inside of the can. Remove the screw with the Phillips-head screwdriver and pull the heating element out of the can.

  • Remove the two hex head screws on each side of the bottom of the can with a socket wrench, if your unit uses the short heating element. Pull the bottom portion of the can away from the dryer. This bottom portion is the complete heating element.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always disconnect power from appliances before attempting repairs.

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