This 279838 heating element is used on many Whirlpool dryers, if your dryer has stopped heating, check the breaker dedicated for your dryer before suspecting the heating element is bad.
You will need to find the breaker box and the breaker that is dedicated for your dryer. Flip the breaker off and on even if it looks like it is already on. The dryer runs on 220 and if half of the two pole breaker is tripped the dryer motor will run on 110 but the heating element will not heat. Make sure that you are getting 220 at the wall outlet plug. Check the thermal fuse that is mounted on the blower housing for continuity. If all of the above mentioned test good you will need to locate the heating element and visually check it for broken coils or burnt wires. If it looks good you will need to test the heating element for continuity with an ohm meter.
If the test shows no continuity it is bad and will need to be replaced with a new 279838 heating element. If the test shows it has continuity, the problem lies elsewhere and more tests will need to be performed.
Your Maytag dryer may not need any new parts to restore the heat or require any tools for doing this dryer repair. You
may be able to have your electric dryer heating again by just flipping a switch.
Before assembling all of the tools needed for repairing your electric dryer and taking apart the dryer’s cabinet, let’s try this first. Here’s what you will need to do, you will need to locate your home’s breaker box. Locate the breaker switch that is designated to supply electrical power to your clothes dryer,
which is usually a 30 AMP double throw breaker. Next you will need to firmly flip the breaker switch off and on a few times to test it, even if the switch looks like it is in the on position. The electric dryer has two 110 volt circuits, the dryer motor will run but will not supply voltage to the heating element if one circuit has been tripped or is not on. During the heat of summer, this is a pretty common occurrence.
If this did not fix the no heat problem with your dryer, you will need to test the dryer’s heating element, thermal fuse, thermostats and
30 AMP Double Pole Breaker
timer/circuit board to see if they are all functioning properly.
If your GE stove surface element is not heating or functioning properly, this is some repair advice for the most common GE stove/range problems you might have.
Always make sure that the surface elements are not hot and have cooled down before handling them. If one of the surface elements has stopped working on your oven or stove/cooktop you can simply do a visual check and see if there is a break in the element or if the element has bubbling, a burned hole or blistering. If the surface element does have visible damage it is likely bad. However, you can’t always tell if an element is good or bad by just examining it with your eyes.
Check to make sure that the surface element has not come loose from the terminal block that it is plugged into. Some surface elements simply plug into the receptacle – terminal block requiring no tools for removal or replacement. Other elements have a screw attaching them to the receptacle – terminal block. Make sure that the screws are tight and have not come loose, a regular or Phillips head screw driver will be required.
If the coil surface element still does not heat up after the above procedures have been performed you will need to do a continuity test. If you have a multi meter or OHM meter you can check the element for continuity, if the element shows continuity then it is good. If it shows no continuity then the element is bad and will need to be replaced.
If the damage is on the terminal ends of the element with corrosion buildup or signs of charred or burnt spots it is a good idea to replace the terminals as well or else you might not have good electrical contact after the new element has been installed.
If you have checked the element for continuity and it is good, next you need to check the receptacle terminals and wires for obvious damage such as burnt spots, melted plastic, arching or corrosion. If damage is found you need to replace the terminal block with a new one. If you have checked the coil element and the terminal block receptacle and have determined that they are both good and in working order, you will need to check the infinite switch – surface burner switch for continuity. It is the switch that the coil element selector knob is attached to on the console or top of your oven/stove, depending on the make and model. If the switch is bad replace it with a new one.
More stove/range/oven repair help
Above I have listed the most common reasons why a stove/range surface element will not heat or function properly. If you are not able to repair your stove/range with the repair help that I have listed above you should call a reputable and qualified service technician who can, hopefully, get your oven back in working order.
The surface element, also known as the coil surface element, transfers heat to the area on top of range.