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    Red face checking dryer elements

    I have always thought if an element shows continuity, it is good.

    Now I see some say an element should show about 10 ohms resistance.

    Could you set me straight on this? This may explain a problem I seem to be having with a couple of Kenmore dryers.

    P.S. I just now saw an article that states an element should show less than 1 ohm.

    Dis regard. I just saw on ApplianceAid.com where you say 8 to 12 ohms is needed.
    Last edited by Boman; 01-29-2015 at 09:37 AM.

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    They will typically read 10 to 12 ohms. Definitely not 1 or less. It would immediately trip the breaker if it was 1 ohm. The element is basically just a resistor. Current through a resistor produces heat. Time to learn you basic ohms law formulas.

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    Thanks. I do consider element as resistors. I consider anything that produces heat or light with a filament or element a resistor. I do need to study ohms law.

    Just saw a video that calls from 0 to 50 ohms. This was on a Repair Clinic video.

    Confusing.

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    Elements ( dryer, range ) will certainly vary is ohms resistance from element to element, manufacture to manufacture, big to small, etc.

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    jeff.
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    Heheh, now I will have to find info on those diagrams and try to learn to use them.

    Hmm Volts squared over ohms.......

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