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

Your electric Whirlpool dryer turns on but will not heat up? If you took the dryer apart and found the heating element to be the problem. 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 does not heat up

 When replacing the heating element on your Whirlpool dryer, buy an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) heating element. If you buy a cheaper element when your Whirlpool dryer turns on but will not heat up, 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.

Troubleshoot When Your Whirlpool Dryer Turns On But Won’t Heat Up


When troubleshooting why your Whirlpool dryer turns on but will not heat up, 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.


  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.

Need help with certain parts or the heating element when your Whirlpool dryer turns on but doesn’t heat up? Let us know your issue by calling us today at 519-500-7773 or contact our washing machine technicians online to schedule an appointment. Need Whirlpool appliance repair? We will do our best to assist you with your dryer problem.

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