Dryer Heating Element

How heating elements dry your clothes in a dryer

dryer heating elementWe are living in a world where pizzas reach our home faster than an ambulance. The days where our grandmother washed our clothes in a river and getting dried in ropes tied for the purpose have disappeared. Clothes dryers help us to wash and dry clothes in the easiest and quickest manner. Almost every house use dryers. The basic elements in a dryer or any heating machine are the heating elements present in the appliances. From electric heaters, toasters to clothes dryers these heating elements heat up the appliance and produce the required heat. Commonly produced from a metallic amalgam called nichrome, heating elements come in many types but serve the same purpose. The amount of heat given off depends on the amount of electricity that passes and the amount of resistance.

Nichrome is the basic heating element used in almost all dryers since it have a higher melting point and resistivity. It is made of nickel and chromium. Heating elements also come in tubular form. The tightly wound coil packs a larger amount of heating wire in a smaller piece to create higher temperature. Many manufacturers use materials such as platinum, molybdenum or silicone carbide. The heating element is usually a small square panel located about a foot above the bottom of the dryer. The square panel is 3 1/3 inch by 3 ½ inch square. It looks like a spring.

The heating elements are present at the main part of the dryer where the motor, fan, lint screen are present. The air that is produced by the motor circulates through various parts of the appliance and thus the clothes are dried. The air that enters the body of dryer is sucked up by the heating element which is heated to the desired temperature by passing electricity. The element consumes a lot of power of about 4000 to 6000 watts. It is due to this that the drying process consumes a lot of electrical energy.

The air is drawn through the heating element and into the holes in the back of the tumbler and finally into the clothes chamber that will be spinning. The excess amount of heat is driven out with the help of a fan. If your clothes are not getting heated properly and drying times are lengthy then it might be the fault of the heating element. It is easy to find out whether the coil is working properly and to replace the same if damaged.

Checking the continuity of the coil using a metal lead connected to both ends helps to check the proper working. If not, remove the back panel cover where the coil is situated, spot it and remove it. You can get a heating element from the nearest local dealer, get one and replace it. There are many sites providing information about these coils, how to test and replace it. These are core elements of dryers and should be dealt with proper care.

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