Dryer Repair- Replacing the Heating Element Wire Kit (Whirlpool Part # 279457)

Uploaded by partselect on 22.09.2011

Hi it’s Steve from PartSelect. Today we’re going to show you how to change the heating
element wire kit on your dryer. It’s a really easy job. All we’re going to need is a putty
knife, a pair of needle nose pliers and a pair of wire strippers. Let me show you how
we do it.
Since we’re going to be working around some electrical circuits, first thing we need to
do before we start, is to disconnect the power to the dryer. If it has a cord on it simply
disconnect it from the socket, and if it’s hard wired we’ll need to locate the breaker
and turn that off.
Next we need to remove the bottom access panel with our putty knife, depress the spring with
the putty knife. They are located about three inches in on either side and they hook in
the bottom on a couple of clips that are fastened to the base.
Next we’ll locate the wire that is burnt and we will pull that off with a pair of needle
nose. And with our wire strippers we’ll cut the end of that off, cut it close to the
terminal. Now the wire we’ll pull it out as far as we can get, strip the end of it,
it’s about a number 12 wire, we strip about a ½ inch off of that and just push the strains
together and take your wire kit do the same with it and we’re going to wrap those two
wires to each other, we want to make sure we have a good contact, because there is a
fair amount of current that flows through that wire.
And once we have that securely in place, put the terminal back on the element, make sure
the wire is up out of the way and we’re ready to put the front panel back on. Engage
the two clips with the slots in the bottom of the access panel; snap it into place, reconnect
the power and our repair is complete.
I told you that was an easy job. Thanks for watching and good luck with your repair.