Times are tight. I was told that the recession ended a few years ago but, from where I’m sitting, nothing has changed. And, at least in the short term, there doesn’t seem to be much hope for a lavish future. We’re having to cut corners and save money everywhere we can! Which brings me to the dryer element re-string kit for Whirlpool’s 279838.
The generic version for this dryer element has always been popular with our customers. It is sturdy and dependable- virtually identical to the original replacement from Whirlpool. It also represented enough savings to justify the extra money for the full element and housing. A new trend has been emerging over the past two years though- more customers are opting for the trouble of re-stringing their old elements to save an extra ten dollars or so.
Below is a picture of the dryer restring kit for Whirlpool’s 279838 element.
To install this wire restring kit, some labor is involved. Those with experience at this kind of know how far to stretch the element wire before running it through the insulators. Someone who was doing this for the first time might need to run a string through the element frame to figure out how much to stretch the replacement wire before installing (it’s important to pre-stretch the wire so there is an equal amount of distance between the coils once installed).
If insulators are damaged, a simple coil replacement may not work for you.
There is also an element coil restring kit available for Whirlpools 3387747 dryer element.
Times are tight. Save money where you can!
Whirlpool (and Sears Kenmore) electric dryers usually have a high limit thermostat and a thermal fuse on the aluminum element housing. Three kits (279769, 279816 and SET197) account for almost every Whirlpool built dryer in operation today. Here’s how to tell which one you need.
If your dryer uses a 3387747 or 4391960 heating element (click on the part number to see a picture of the element) then you will probably need kit # 279769. If your dryer uses a 279838 heating element, you will need our replacement for 279816 # SET197.
To check with your model number, go here for appliance parts research.
The SET197 kit we offer is growing in popularity because it includes the 3977767 (L250-80) thermostat along with the fuse. This way, you don’t have to use the jumper wire in the 279816 kit. Below is a picture of the SET197 kit.
Set197 Whirlpool / Kenmore Dryer Thermostat Kit
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Whirlpool’s 279838 dryer element has become the most popular dryer element we sell. You should be able to tell if it’s bad with a meter (checking for continuity) or by looking for a burned out spot. Usually the element wire actually breaks in two when it goes bad. The 279838 element is 240 Volts and 5400 Watts with 5/16″ terminals.
Whirlpool 279838 Dryer Element
Link to 279838 element for sale.
If you are adventurous… there is also a restring kit available for this element (the wire only). The part number on it is 279838C.