How to change a tumble dryer heater

by / Saturday, 29 June 2013 / Published in Heating Systems, Repair Guides

This video will show you the basics of tumble dryer heater elements

The heaters on tumble dryers differ from make to make and even model to model. They can be located in the front of the drum or at the rear of the cabinet, but they are all controlled by thermostats or thermistors that switch the power on or off when pre-selected temperatures have been attained. Air is passed over the heater by means of a fan, usually attached to the main motor, and circulates with the washing inside the tub, finally leaving via the outlet hose/opening

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Tumble Dryer Heating Elements
This video can be used on most of the Electrolux Group which comprise of AEG, Bauknecht, Electrolux, Whirlpool & Zanussi
Tumble Dryer Heating Elements & Thermostats
Most tumble dryer heaters or elements are easily changed, with most though you will invariably find a removable metal plate on the rear panel of the tumble dryer that allows access to the element and the thermostat or thermostats that control the heater. Do be aware that there will often be another one, maybe two thermostats or temperature sensors tucked away somewhere else. 


The part
The good news is that, if you are not stuck with one of these unique elements there is often a cheaper way than buying the original part but, the copies they are usually the genuine item, without the manufacturer’s packaging and this saves a considerable amount of money at times.


Testing Tumble Dryer Heating Elements
Before you go ordering an element for your tumble dryer it is prudent to check that it is actually faulty. You would be amazed at how many people order up an element, often at a considerable cost, only to find that it was a thermostat that was wrong at a fraction of the cost. Thankfully checking a heating element is pretty straightforward you will need a electrical meter.


Just about any tumble dryer heating element is a simple affair with, at most, two heating elements in one package. If there are two terminals only, it is a single heat element and, if there are three or more, it will almost certainly be a two heating stage element (in other words it has two heating circuits High & Low).


Testing Tumble Dryer Heating Elements


If it’s two terminals on the element just do a simple continuity test with a normal multimeter, if you have a circuit then chances are the element is okay. If you don’t have a circuit and the element appears to be open-circuit then it will almost certainly have failed.

Three terminals and there will likely be a common neutral to both heating elements within the element as a whole. If either is open circuit then the whole element will need to be replaced.

Four terminals is just two live, two neutral connections normally, one of each for each heating element. This simple check can save you a lot of time and money.


Tumble Dryer Element


Beko Tumble Dryer Element



White Knight Tumble Dryer Element


Proline Tumble Dryer Element


Creda Tumble Dryer Element


Zanussi Tumble Dryer


3 Responses to “How to change a tumble dryer heater”

  1. Sharon says : Reply

    Hi my white night tumble dryer will not switch off

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