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DB130

Restoring an ancient Whirlpool LVE5720W0 electric dryer

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This dryer was last used in 1997 when it developed a no-heat condition. I decided then to just buy another dryer but I kept the old gal in the basement. Fast forward to 2005, for laughs and giggles I decided to see if any online tips were available for dryer repair and voila! Tips galore! Anyways, all three thermostats have continuity but the heating element has a broken coil - easy enough.. But the replacement element from Whirlpool, p/n 338212, is very expensive, ranging from $60-$70 w/ shipping. A couple of vendors, however, list a "restring" kit(p/n 338212C) for $20-$30 shipped. Does anyone have any experience with restringing a Whirlpool element? The coils on the existing element seem to be soldered onto the terminals. Does anyone recommend a specific type of solder, it must get awfully hot. Thank you in advance.

Here is the element:

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buy an element.I wouldnt restring one if you gave me the kit. And they dont last very long!

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We have used the restring kits in the past with good results.  The ends on the coils that are welded on are also already on the replacement coils.  But to save time and cut hands, you would want to buy the whole assembly already strung into the bracket.   Pegi

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Oh, for cryin' out loud, just buy the new element and be done with it, man! :grr:

I mean, unless you have nothing better to do with your life than to flush away good time on such minutia. :flush:

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I have completed this repair w/ the aid of a new Whirlpool OEM element.  While installing the new element, I cleaned out 20 years' worth of lint and dust underneath the drum which revealed about five dollars in coins and a half dozen buttons/collar stays/zipper handles. 

Life is good, I must go have a fermented beverage to celebrate.

 

 

 

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:rockband:  ... and the beat goes on...

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[user=563]DB130[/user] wrote:

I have completed this repair w/ the aid of a new Whirlpool OEM element. While installing the new element, I cleaned out 20 years' worth of lint and dust underneath the drum which revealed about five dollars in coins and a half dozen buttons/collar stays/zipper handles.

Life is good, I must go have a fermented beverage to celebrate.

See, that part didn't cost as much as you thought it would, you've been saving up for it all these years in your dryer piggybank.

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Dryer Piggybank....:laughing:

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I also found a thin gold chain necklace among the coins - true story!

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