If the problem with your Performa electric dryer is that is heating but is not heating properly. In other words the dryer is getting too hot or not getting hot enough, you will need to check the following parts until you find out what is the cause of not heating properly.
Taking apart: The first thing that you need to learn to be able to fix your Performa electric dryer, is how to take it apart and put it back together again properly.
When you know how to dismantle the dryer, every repair becomes easier do. The hardest thing to do when making a repair is dismantling the dryer.
So my advice to you is, learn how to dismantle and put the dryer back together properly, before trying to do the repairs.
Heating element: These dryers use a heating element to produce the heat to dry the clothes. The heating element is made of a metal that resist the flow of electricity.
This resistance to the flow of electricity causes the element to get red hot and produce the heat needed to dry the clothes.
The constant heating and cooling causes the element to weaken and eventually break, stopping the dryer from producing heat.
The easier way to learn how check & replace the heating element is by seeing how it is done in a video.
Cycling or Operating Thermostat: The cycling or operating thermostat is use to control the temperature inside of the tumbler. The contacts inside of this thermostat supposed to stay close to keep the heating element heating until the temperature inside of the tumbler reaches about 155 degrees, then the contacts open to stop the heat from rising above 155 degrees.
When the temperature inside of the drum drops down to about 135 degrees the contacts inside of the thermostat close and the electricity flows again through the heating element and the element starts getting hot again. The cycling thermostat will do that as many times as are need to complete the drying cycle.
Timer: The timer uses contacts points to complete the circuits to the different components in the dryer. The continued opening and closing of the contact points will eventually wear the points out preventing the points from closing to complete the circuit.
Since you can’t see the points inside of the timer, you will need to use a multimeter to check their continuity. To see how to check & replace the timer in a Performa electric dryer, view the video below
Blower Wheel: The job of the blower wheel is to circulate the air through the dryer. It is coupled with the motor shaft, so when the motor runs, the blower runs with it. So if the dryer is not drying properly, the problem could be the blower wheel.
If the threads in the blower get stripped or the vanes are broken. The blower wheel is not going to be able to do its intended job. To see how to check & replace the blower wheel in a Performa electric dryer, view the video below
Drum Seals: If the problem with your Performa electric dryer is that there seems to be a big gap between the drum and the back and front walls, and the clothes are getting stuck. The problem could be a worn out rear drum seal.
The best way to learn how to remove and replace the rear drum seal is by seeing how it is done. To see how to check & replace the rear drum seal in a Performa electric dryer, view the video below
Drum Baffles: If the problem with your Performa electric dryer is not tumbling the clothes properly and is making rattling noises. The problem could be a loose or broken drum baffle.
The drum baffles are made of plastic and are attached to the tumbler to stir and separate the clothes when the drum tumbles.
Sometimes they become loose or even break. The best way to learn how to check and replace them is by seeing video on how is done.
Motor replacing: If the problem with your Performa electric dryer is that is not starting in any of the cycles, in other words the dryer is dead. The problem could be a bad motor.
The motor is the work horse in the dryer. It is used to turn the drum to tumble the clothes, and to complete the heating element circuit.
The motor switch could be bad preventing the motor from doing anything, or the motor could start ok, run for one load, and then only hums and don’t start.
The easier way to learn how to check & replace the motor, is by seeing how it is done.
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