cheaper to buy a new dryer when the heating element goes out?

Our heating element just burned out in our dryer. It's about 5 years old. Would it be cheaper to have someone come fix it? I have no idea how much that might cost. Thanks!

7 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    You can buy the replacement part off of your dryer's manufacturing website. It shouldn't be over 30 bucks. If you know someone that tinkers with dryers, have them replace it.

    If you had a professional do it, they would charge you between 40-90 dollars for the service call/parts.

  • Rose
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    If it is getting warm at all, your heating element is not bad, It's either good or bad, no in between. If it is taking longer to dry clothes try clearing the exhast hose of lint,(i'm sure you check the lint screen) at the back of the dryer and also on the outside to make sure a good flow of air is being exhausted.. Check this first before changing the element. If you have an ohm meter and you just have to check the element, first disconnect the dryer from its power source then disconnect one of the elements wires. set your meter to ohms and touch each lead to each end of the element. You should get a reading (resistance) or hear a tone if your meter is programed so. if this happens the element os good if not the element is bad and needs replacing. Now you are probably thinking ,ALL THAT? I would rather just buy a new dryer.

  • Jolly
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Depending on the make of the dryer, a replacement heating element may be purchased. For instance, if the dryer was from Sears, their repair facilities stock such items. Replacing the element isn't too difficult for the average guy who's handy with tools, but a repairman can be called to do it too. I'd replace the element rather than buy the new dryer, as long as the rest of the dryer was working okay. Good luck.

  • 1 decade ago

    Are you sure it's the heating element? If so, call around to repairmen, and ask what it costs to repair a heating element on a thus-and-so model, w/ all service charges.

    Then compare that number to a new dryer.

    My guess is that it will be cheaper to get it fixed.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Five years old is worth fixing. A new element cost me $92 installed a couple weeks ago.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No, elements aren't expensive its the labor that is expensive.Still cheaper than a new one tho.

  • 1 decade ago


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