So, quick question. I am trying to remove the heating element from the assembly to install the new one. The plug things (the flat parts sticking through the assembly that connect to the wire slides) have maybe a bent piece to hold them in there? Can I flatten that with a flat pliers in order to slide it out and do I have to do that to the new one too?
Also, is there anything critical to know in the install or rebuliding, like...."Whatever you do, don't touch the __________ to the __________".
As for the resistance testing, I am new to the multimeter and my general reading is either "a reading" or "no reading". Will that work in general in my future repairs? No reading turned out to be true; there is an obvious break in the coil.
Thanks so much,
Yes #1 you will need a pair of needle nose pliers to Flatten out the blades on the Terminals in the ceramic block on the side of the heater housing. On the new heater after you stick the terminals in you will need to bend the little tab, so that they don't slide around in there and they stay put when you put the Connectors (wire slide thing) in place.
#2 after you take the screws out of the top, ( I think 6 of them) and the top ones only out of the Thermostat, and cut off. you will catch at the front near the ceramic block. Use your needle nose pliers to adjust the tab there that is holding it in place.
#3 remove the heater, and install the new one. If you need anymore help just ask, and we'll do our best to walk you through it.
not sure if you are done (hope for your sake you are), but I did this once (and I'm so excited that I get to do it again!) and found it really daunting to deal with this part of the install. Also, as you've probably found--stuff along this assembly is sharp! And the angle makes it hard to grab/bend. I am not sure if it is at all helpful but when I did mine last year I opened the machine from the back and I remember telling myself that if I did this again I would do it from the back. There were definitely some expletives flying, but it worked. Also one thing I am putting on my list is getting a tight pair of those dipped gloves.
????? What do you mean go through the back, for this repair? Only reason I ask is that the only way I know to do this repair easy is to remove the drum and do it from the top of the heater, with the base of the heater box still in place.