How to Replace the Thermostat in a Dryer

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From time to time, the thermostat in a dryer will break and need to be replaced. This will be evident when the dryer is not adequately drying clothes, or if it takes sufficiently longer for clothes to be dried and warmed in the machine. Faulty thermostats waste a lot of power and energy. Replacement thermostats for dryers can be purchased at a local home improvement store as long as you know the make and model of your dryer. The replacement process is not overly burdensome.

Things You'll Need

  • Replacement thermostat
  • Pliers
  • Screwdriver
  • Unplug the dryer from the wall to avoid risk of electrical shock.

  • Remove the back panel of the dryer to gain access to the internal parts. Locate the thermostat on the blower wheel for dryers that are not drying properly. The thermostat will have two wires leading into it attached with metal connectors.

  • Pull the wires out via the metal connectors, using the pliers.

  • Unscrew the two screws holding the thermostat in place, and insert the replacement thermostat.

  • Screw the thermostat in place, then reconnect the wires in the same places, and put the back panel of the dryer back on.

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