How to Replace the Heating Element on a Hotpoint Dryer

Updated February 21, 2017

Replacing the heating element of a Hotpoint dryer is a job that can be done in about an hour. The heating element of the Hotpoint dryer sits behind the dryer drum in a metal cage. Occasionally, the heating element will burn out from continual usage, requiring that it be replaced. The element can be replaced as part of a unit by taking the element and cage off the back panel. You can replace the heating element yourself, saving you time and money.

Unplug the power cord of the Hotpoint dryer from the electrical socket before replacing the heating element. Locate the screws on the inside of the dryer door underneath the top lid in the front of the dryer.

Unfasten the screws underneath the top lid with a screwdriver. Flip the dryer top back against the wall so it is resting on the rear hinges.

Locate the screws on the inside of the front panel near the top of the dryer. Unfasten them with a screwdriver. Lift the front panel off the metal clips at the base of the dryer.

Unplug the door switch connector on the back of the front panel by hand. Set the panel out of the way. Move the idler arm forward to relieve the tension on the belt.

Take the belt off the dryer drum as well as off the idler arm and motor pulleys. Lift the drum out of the dryer cabinet, picking it up from the bottom near the back to remove it from the back panel slot.

Unplug the electrical wiring connectors that are attached to the heating element cage on the inside of the back panel by hand. Unfasten the bolts that are holding the element cage to the back panel with a socket wrench.

Take the heating element and cage off the back panel. Set it out of the way. Attach the new heating element and cage to the back panel, securing it with bolts.

Plug the electrical wiring connectors into the element cage by hand. Set the dryer drum onto the inside of the back panel, sliding it into the socket on the panel.

Place the belt around the dryer drum, looping it over the idler arm pulley and around the motor pulley. Move the idler arm back into position to add tension to the belt.

Plug the door switch connector into the back of the front panel by hand. Slide the front panel over the metal clips at the bottom of the dryer cabinet in the front, securing the top of the panel with screws.

Flip the top lid of the dryer back down over the dryer cabinet. Secure the top to the cabinet with screws underneath the front lip. Plug the Hotpoint dryer into the electrical socket.


Always unplug the Hotpoint dryer from the power supply before replacing the heating element.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Socket wrench
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Carl Pruit has been a freelance writer since 2005, specializing in service journalism and travel. His work has appeared on various websites. Born and raised in California, Pruit attended Contra Costa Community College in San Pablo, Calif. and received an associate degree in the administration of justice.