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Heating Element with No Resistance


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#1 crp294rp2

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Posted 23 April 2005 - 02:00 PM

I've got a Magic Chef electric dryer model YE20EN4. The dryer runs but there's no heat. I've read posts here and checked the resistance at the heating element. There is no resistance. I assume there is a short that is bypassing the element. Does this sound right?.

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Posted 23 April 2005 - 02:08 PM

[user=361]crp294rp2[/user] wrote:

 I assume there is a short that is bypassing the element. Does this sound right?.

No.  Most likely you've either dropped one of the hot legs on the dryer outlet or the thermal fuse is open.  More info here.


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Posted 23 April 2005 - 02:22 PM

I'm not sure what you meant by "dropped one of the hot legs on the dryer outlet. Also there is something called a high limit thermostat next to the heating element. Is this the same as a termal fuse?

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Posted 23 April 2005 - 02:47 PM

Hello, my semi-literate friend.  First, let me say how much I empathize with the difficulties you apparently have in reading English.  I, too, share this burden with you as English is but a 17th language for me.  Since you were unable to read the link that our most dear and gracious host, Samurai Appliance repair Man, so generously provided for you to illuminate your path, I shall attempt to read it myself and see if, together, we can discern its meaning.  Are you ready?  Very well, here we go:

Use your meter to measure for 240v at the dryer outlet.  Apparently, our illustrious host says that the dryer motor can run on 120v, but the element need 240v to get hot.

I think it would be advisable to check the continuity of anything that is round with two terminals on it, regardless of their name.  If any of them are open, you should replace them.

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Posted 23 April 2005 - 02:53 PM

[user=361]crp294rp2[/user] wrote:

I've read posts here and checked the resistance at the heating element. There is no resistance.

Do you mean that it has infinite resistance?  In other words, when you short your probes together, you get zero (or near zero) resistance.  Is this what you get when you touch them to the heating element terminals?  Or is there no reading, as though you didn't put the probes on anything?


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Posted 23 April 2005 - 03:11 PM

The readings are zero when i check the heating element and when I touch the two probes together.

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Posted 23 April 2005 - 03:16 PM

And you have at least one of the wires to the heating element terminals removed to isolate it from the rest of the circuit?  I'll assume yes.  In that case, you need to replace the heating element

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Posted 23 April 2005 - 03:22 PM

Nope, didn't remove any wires from the heating element prior checking. I will try that.

That's the picture of what I'm looking at. I checked, with all wires still connected, at various places with the same results.

Sorry for my confusion.

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Posted 23 April 2005 - 03:25 PM

Ok, removed wires from heating element and still have 0 resistance.

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Posted 23 April 2005 - 03:35 PM

Ok, that confirms it.  Go git you a new heating element.




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