Wondering how to replace your Samsung dryer’s heating element? First of all, make sure you have the correct model number, as well as the correct replacement part number. It’s crucial that you don’t use the wrong one or your dryer won’t work correctly and may end up needing another replacement in the future! Check out this tutorial on how to change your Samsung dryer’s heating element before you do it yourself.
- Before you can replace anything, it’s important to diagnose what’s actually wrong with your dryer. This may sound obvious, but you can’t fix a problem if you don’t know what it is.
- To troubleshoot problems with drying time, start by cleaning out the dryer lint trap and then make sure nothing is blocking airflow into or out of your dryer.
- It could also help to check behind and under your dryer for dust build-up.
- If none of that solves your issue, look at our list of common appliance issues and their fixes below to see if any apply to your situation.
- Finally, don’t forget to keep an eye on your dryer’s owner manual; it should have some handy troubleshooting tips in there as well.
Assemble Required Tools
Put on gloves, safety glasses, and do some dusting first. You’ll need a flathead screwdriver, Phillips head screwdriver, long-nose pliers (optional), wire cutters (optional), electric drill with small bit attachment, replacement heating element assembly and soldering iron.
NOTE: Read over all of these instructions before you begin. They are fairly involved but once you get past it things move quickly. I’ve done it several times now and have found that by taking my time and reading over each step I don’t get lost. It also gives me plenty of time to be sure I’m getting good connections when soldering.
Now go find the model number on the back panel of your dryer. Mine is dv456ethdsu/aa.
Once you know the model number and whether or not you have an electronic control board in the dryer then go ahead and order the new heating element from Samsung Parts America.
It will come with detailed installation instructions which should match what I’m telling you here today so make sure to follow them carefully too. When my parts arrived they were packaged well, everything was labeled nicely, and there were even videos online if needed which was a nice touch.
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Removing Front Cover of the Washer
- First, turn off the power to your dryer. Before doing anything else, unplug it and make sure that it’s safe for you to open up.
- Next, remove any knobs or other external decorations from your dryer’s front panel.
- Many machines have easily removable plastic caps on each of their knobs; if you can pull these off with little effort, go ahead and do so now.
- Use a Phillips head screwdriver if you need help taking any screws out of their holes in order to get your panel free.
- If you are unable to unscrew the screws yourself, there is likely a tab holding them in place which can usually be pried away using a flathead screwdriver.
- Once the front panel is removed, there will likely be another metal panel underneath which needs to be removed before you can access the heating element.
- On many models this is attached with screws (as mentioned above) but some may just snap into place without requiring tools.
- In either case, once this cover has been removed we are able to see what is preventing us from accessing the heating element: safety devices (such as fuses) which must first be disconnected before proceeding further into the machine.
Removing Top Cover of the Washer
- The top cover of a front-loading washing machine can seem like an
imposing wall of white, but it’s actually quite easy to remove.
- First, disconnect any hoses that are connected at either end of or along
the top cover.
- Then press down in several places around its outer edge with both hands
and lift up on it slightly.
- Finally, pull it away from the machine and place it someplace safe and flat
(remove any laundry from inside).
- You might want to place an old towel under it as you do so, just in case
water drips out onto whatever surface is underneath.
- A common reason for needing new heating elements is hairline cracks;
This could also indicate that there are other issues with your dryer such
as faulty thermostats or wiring problems.
- In order to replace your dryer’s heating element, first shut off power and
gas to the appliance by flipping off switches near the door.
- Next open up the back panel by loosening screws located below it with a
screwdriver then removing them.
- On many models this panel will swing open while others require sliding
motion after releasing the latch on the bottom left side of the back panel
- When you see the actual heating element it should be clear which one
needs replacing if there are multiple ones present within chamber;
- A quick way to tell which one is defective would be comparing wattage ratings of each element with an identification sticker located on the side opposite where wires enter.
Removing Dryer Drum
To remove your dryer drum from your dryer, locate and lift up on both sides of your drum. Depending on how old your dryer is, it may take some muscle to get it out of there.
With any luck though, it will come out in one piece and not start bouncing around or breaking off pieces as you pull it off.
Important Tip: Before you begin, unplug your dryer. Take the belt off and set it aside, then use an appropriate sized wrench (or adjustable pliers) to loosen the drum retaining nut on the back of the dryer that holds the drum onto the motor shaft.
- Remove this nut using two wrenches (or one wrench with two hands). Now you can slide the drum out of its housing and put your new heating element inside.
- Reattach by sliding back into place and re-tightening with a wrench (or adjustable pliers). Replace belt, plug in, and test before putting everything back together!
Replacing the Heating Element
- The heating element inside a dryer is its most important component,
which makes it an ideal candidate for periodic maintenance.
- If you plan on keeping your dryer for more than four years, consider
replacing its heating element every three years.
- The heating element does not need much care or attention and is fairly
- This can save you time and money in future repairs and replacements.
Plus it may improve the life of other components by eliminating
overheating concerns early on.
- It takes about 30 minutes to replace the heating element with basic
household tools and 30 dollars worth of parts from your local hardware store.
- Remove the bottom panel, disconnecting wires going into the old heater and unscrewing any screws holding it in place.
- Remove it completely from the dryer then attach a new one using wire nuts then put the panel back on when finished. Now enjoy using your new appliance!
Installing Deflector on Front Panel
- Your dryer will have two removable panels that are held in place by screws.
- The panel with controls is called Control Panel and can be placed aside for easy access, though you might want to write down or photograph which wires connect where, so you can reconnect them at each step.
- Place it aside so that you have easy access to everything. On a newer model, there will not be wires connecting directly under these two screws; just remove them as they are only meant to hold it in place while in use, then set it aside.
- The other panel is located on top of your dryer and gives access to parts such as lint screen housing.
- Remove the screws from this panel and slide it back to expose the heating element. Take care not to disconnect any wiring if possible when sliding this cover off.
Once you’ve installed your new heating element, follow these instructions in
reverse order so that you can enjoy fresh-smelling clothes for years to come.
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