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Multimeter Ohms Test for Clothes Dryer
Testing Your Dryer Parts for Continuity Using a Multimeter
Scroll down to find the dryer part you'd like to test.


Locate and Remove Your Dryer Heating Element
Most dryer heating elements are located in the back of the dryer.
  Unplug your dryer or turn off power source
before attempting any repair or maintenance to avoid risk of electrical shock.
Remove the screws holding the back panel of your dryer in place, set the panel aside.The dryer heating element looks like a metal box or panel about a foot off the floor. Disconnect the wire from the high limit thermostat. Disconnect the heating element wire, remove the screws holding the heating element in place.
OR
Remove bottom, front panel of the dryer by releasing the 2 top clips holding it in place and set aside. Disconnect the wires connected to the element, unscrew the screw holding the dryer heating element in place.

Test Your Dryer Heating Element
Unplug your dryer or turn off power source to avoid risk of electrical shock.
Remove the heating element from the dryer.
Look to see if any coils are damaged or detached. If they are, then your heating element is bad and needs to be replaced. If they look fine, continue by testing for continuity with a multimeter.
Set your multimeter to the lowest setting for Ohms of resistance. When using an analog multimeter, calibrate the meter by holding the probes together while adjusting the needle to read 0.
Touch one meter probe to one heating element terminal, while you touch the other probe to the other terminal.
  If the heater is still operational, the multimeter should show a reading of 0 to 50 ohms of resistance. These numbers are approximate. To get exact specs for your appliance, refer to your service manual.
If there is little or no change in the multimeter reading, then your heating element has burned out and will need to be replaced.

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Locate and Remove Your Dryer Thermal Fuse

  Unplug your dryer or turn off power source before attempting any repair or maintenance to avoid risk of electrical shock.

Testing Your Dryer Thermal Fuse
Unplug your dryer or turn off power source to avoid risk of electrical shock.
Remove the thermal fuse from the dryer.
Set your multimeter to the lowest setting for Ohms of resistance. When using an analog multimeter, calibrate the meter by holding the probes together while adjusting the needle to read 0.
Touch one meter probe to one thermal fuse terminal, while you touch the other probe to the other terminal.
If the multimeter shows a reading of 0 ohms of resistance, then the fuse is good.
If there is little or no change in the multimeter reading, then your thermal fuse has blown and will need to be replaced.

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Locate and Remove Your Dryer Thermostat
  Unplug your dryer or turn off power source before attempting any repair or maintenance to avoid risk of electrical shock.


Testing Your Dryer Thermostat
Unplug your dryer or turn off power source to avoid risk of electrical shock.
Remove the thermostat from the dryer.
Set your multimeter to the lowest setting for Ohms of resistance. When using an analog multimeter, calibrate the meter by holding the probes together while adjusting the needle to read 0.
Touch one meter probe to one thermostat terminal, while you touch the other probe to the other terminal.
If the multimeter shows a reading of 0 ohms of resistance, then the thermostat is good.
If there is little or no change in the multimeter reading, then your thermostat is bad and will need to be replaced.

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Dryer Thermostats for Home Appliance Repair

Locate and Remove Your Dryer Ignitor
Unplug your dryer or turn off power source before attempting any repair or maintenance to avoid risk of electrical shock.


Testing Your Dryer Igniter
Unplug your dryer or turn off power source to avoid risk of electrical shock.
Remove the igniter from the dryer.
Look to see if any igniter filament is burnt or damaged, without touching the filament. If it is, then your igniter has burned out and needs to be replaced. If it looks fine, continue by testing for continuity with a multimeter.
Set your multimeter to the lowest setting for Ohms of resistance. When using an analog multimeter, calibrate the meter by holding the probes together while adjusting the needle to read 0.
Touch one meter probe to one igniter terminal, while you touch the other probe to the other terminal.
If the multimeter shows a reading of 50 to 400 ohms of resistance, the igniter is good.
These numbers are approximate. To get exact specs for your appliance, refer to your service manual.
If there is little or no change in the multimeter reading, then your dryer igniter has burned out and will need to be replaced.

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Dryer Gas Igniters for Home Appliance Repair

Locate and Remove Your Dryer Door Switch
Unplug your dryer or turn off power source before attempting any repair or maintenance to avoid risk of electrical shock.


Testing Your Dryer Door Switch

Unplug your dryer or turn off power source to avoid risk of electrical shock.  
Remove the dryer switch from the dryer.
Set your multimeter to the lowest setting for Ohms of resistance. When using an analog multimeter, calibrate the meter by holding the probes together while adjusting the needle to read 0.
Touch one meter probe to one switch terminal, while you touch the other probe to the other terminal.
Actuate the dryer switch.
If the multimeter shows a reading of 0 ohms of resistance, then the switch is good.
If there is little or no change in the multimeter reading, then your switch is bad and will need to be replaced.

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Dryer Switches for Home Appliance Repair
Disclaimer: The information on these pages in no way guarantee the repair of your appliance. Attempt to repair your appliance at your own risk. If you do not feel comfortably capable attempting repairs of your appliance, call a qualified professional repairman. You can also contact us for technical support at 1-513-232-8500.


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