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Whirlpool Dryer Turns On But Will Not Heat Up – Dryer Not Heating

My electric Whirlpool dryer stopped heating. I took the dryer apart and found the heating element to be the problem. I ordered the OEM heating element and replaced it myself. You will need to test other components in the dryer to be sure the element is the issue. We will show you how to remove and replace a Whirlpool dryer heating element below.

Whirlpool Dryer Turns On But Will Not Heat Up – Dryer Not Getting HotWhirlpool Dryer No Heat – Check Parts & Element

I was putting clothes in my dryer and found that it turned on but there was no heat from the dryer. I would run a cycle and the clothes were not dry and still soaking wet. I unplugged the dryer from power and checked all the parts with my OHM meter. I tested the thermal fuse, the thermostats, the wiring, and the element. I found the element to be the reason why the dryer did not get heat. The heating element had a break in the coil which indicates it is faulty. See picture below…

dryer heating element coils brokenCheck Heating Element For Breaks In The Coil

NOTE: Be sure to test all parts before replacing the heating element. The Whirlpool dryer may have a faulty thermostat, thermal fuse, clogged vent line, voltage issue, or other wiring issues.

When replacing the heating element on your Whirlpool dryer, buy an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) heating element. If you buy a cheaper element for your Whirlpool dryer it will most likely not last more than 6 months. However it will vary. We recommend using an OEM dryer heating element as it is made with thicker coil wire and will last longer. When ordering the element, look for the Whirlpool “Factory Certified Parts” sticker.


When troubleshooting why your dryer will not heat, check to see if any coils on the heating element are broken. If coils are broken, the element needs to be replaced. If no coils are broken, use an Ohm meter on the two leads of the element and test for continuity. If no continuity, the heating element is faulty and needs to be replaced. Testing the heating element with a multimeter will indicate if the element is faulty and causing the no heating issue. See the video below to show you exactly how to test a dryer heating element if you have trouble using an Ohm meter.

Testing A Dryer Heating Element With A Meter

Need help finding the heating element for your Whirlpool dryer? Here are a few different heating elements that will work with most Whirlpool dryers. Remember to choose an element that says Whirlpool “Factory Certified Parts” as these will last longer and are not from a third party.

Whirlpool Dryer Heating ElementsWhirlpool Dryer Heating Elements


  1. Remove power from your Whirlpool dryer.
  2. Remove the vent from back of dryer.
  3. Access the back of the dryer.
  4. Remove all the screws on the back of the dryer.
  5. Remove the back panel to access the element.
  6. Disconnect the wiring harnesses from the components to access element housing. (if needed, label the wires to reattach correctly)
  7. Remove the screws that holds the heating element housing.
  8. Slide the faulty heating element housing down and outward.
  9. Slide the new heating element back into place.
  10. Attach it with the screws that you just removed.
  11. Reattach the wires to the components.
  12. Put the back panel back on and secure it with provided screws.
  13. Reattach vent to back of dryer.
  14. Slide dryer back into place.
  15. Plug in dryer and run a test to see if the dryer is now heating.

How To Replace a Heating Element For Whirlpool Dryer

Need help with certain parts or the heating element in your Whirlpool dryer? Let us know your issue by leaving a comment below. We will do our best to assist you with your dryer problem.

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