How to Change the Heating Element in a Kenmore Dryer


If your Kenmore dryer isn’t heating up then you are probably dealing with a faulty heating element. Heating elements provide the dryer with heat to evaporate moisture from the clothing. Changing the heating element on your Kenmore dryer doesn’t require a technician. You can do it yourself with little hassle and a couple of tools.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Small pliers
  • New heating element
  • Start off by unplugging the dryer from the electrical outlet in your laundry room. Pull the dryer from the wall so you can get behind the unit.

  • Use a screwdriver to remove the screws holding the back panel on the dryer. Remove the back panel from the dryer and located the heating element cabinet. This will be a small cabinet with a door on it held on by screws.

  • Use a small pair of pliers to remove the heating element wires from the heating element. The heating element will be a small can-like object in the heating element cabinet.

  • Replace the wires onto your new heating element and place it back into the heating element cabinet. Replace the back panel of the dryer and the screws holding it on.

  • Plug the dryer back into the electrical power outlet on the wall and turn the dryer on to test it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not work on your dryer while it is still plugged into the wall. You could be electrocuted or get shocked.

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