How to Replace Heating Element in Samsung Dryer

It’s wash day and you throw your clothes into the dryer. After a few minutes, you realize that your clothes are still wet and the dryer isn’t heating up. One of the possible reasons is that the heating element in your dryer already needs replacement. In this article, we will share with you how to replace heating element in Samsung Dryer.

The heating element in your Samsung dryer pulls air from outside and heats it up as it goes into the dryer drum. It is a set of large coils which you can find in a metal housing. Thinking just about replacing the heat element in your Samsung dryer may seem hard, but following the steps below will make you realize it’s not as hard as you think it is.

How to replace a heating element in a Samsung dryer

Step 1. Disconnect the dryer

Pull your Samsung dryer away from the wall. If it is attached to your wall, you will have to take your Samsung dryer down so you could gain access to its heating element. Then, disconnect the dryer from the power source before you loosen the band clamp on its vent hose using a screwdriver to disconnect the exhaust hose.

Step 2. Remove the dryer’s back cover

Once you’re done disconnecting the dryer from the power source and the exhaust hose, you will need to remove the back cover. The dryer’s heating element should be behind the back cover. To do so, you just have to unthread the screws and remove the back panel. Make sure you keep the screws to avoid losing them.

Step 3. Remove the dryer’s control panel

Once you unscrew and remove the back panel, the next thing to do is to remove the control panel. Do it by unthreading the screws. Be careful when you pull the control panel off since you will still need to disconnect the wiring harnesses. These connect the control panel to the dryer. Again, make sure you keep the screws to avoid losing them.

Step 4. Remove the dryer’s front cover

Open the Samsung dryer’s door and remove the lint filter or trap to remove the front cover. There should be a couple of screws under the filter/trap which needs to be removed as well. Once you’re done, you should be able to remove the front panel and be able to access the dryer’s heating element.

Step 5. Disconnect the dryer’s power terminals

Once you remove the front cover, the next step would be to locate the heating element. Then, disconnect all the power terminals. There should be six terminals and be sure to remove all of them. There’s no need for you to worry about putting them back together since these terminals have different shapes and it’s easy to connect them back.

Step 6. Remove the dryer’s heating element

After you disconnect all the power terminals, the next step is to remove the heating element from the dryer. Start by unthreading the screws to remove the heating element. Once done, also unthread the four screws and disconnect the thermostat from the heating element.

Step 7. Connect the thermostat to the dryer’s new heating element

Before you completely replace the heating element in your Samsung dryer, you should first attach the thermostat to the new heating element. If you have access to one, you may want to use a multimeter to test if the thermostat is working and has continuity. If you don’t have a multimeter, you can skip that step. Note that you will also need to replace the thermostat if it’s also defective.

Step 8. Install the dryer’s new heating element

After connecting the thermostat to the new heating element, the next step is to install it to your Samsung dryer. Make sure that you put the screws back to secure them in place. Afterwards, reconnect the wires to the heating element.

Step 9. Put the dryer’s front cover back on

Once you have successfully installed the new heating element to your Samsung dryer, you’re almost done! You just have to put the front cover back to your dryer. Put the front plate back to the dryer and secure it with the screws you removed. Then, also put the lint filter or trap back to the dryer.

Step 10. Put the dryer’s control panel back

When you are done putting the front cover back on, the next step is to also put the Samsung dryer’s control panel back. Ensure that the panel clips perfectly to the dryer, then put the screws back.

Step 11. Put the dryer’s top cover back on

After the control panel, you will need to put the Samsung dryer’s top cover back on using the screws you removed during the earlier steps.

Step 12. Reconnect the dryer to the vent and power

You’re almost done! The last step would be to reconnect your dryer to the exhaust hose, and plug it back to the power source. Push the dryer back to its original position. Now, power the dryer on and see if replacing the heating element works.


Burnt heating element is the common cause of Samsung dryers not heating up. Now that you know how to replace a heating element in a Samsung dryer, you should be able to fix the issue and start using your dryer again.