Zanussi tumble dryer

22 Jun 2010
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United Kingdom
Our Zanussi TD4113W tumble dryer isn't drying very well - at the end of a full cycle the clothes are still a bit damp. Done all the checks as per the manual (clear filter, low temp button not pressed, clothes not too wet to start with).

Opened it up and the upper heating element heats up rapidly and readily, switches out again, then comes back after a couple of minutes. Not sure if the lower heating element is glowing, if so it's not a lot, but I get appropriate continuity, voltage and resistance readings from both elements.

The only questionable bit is the top element coils are all together and the sdame colour, the lower ones look scorched and several have opened up, like a stretched spring.

I'm thinking either heater or thermostat - but the price of a new heater goes a long way towards a whole new dryer so I'm reluctant to chuck money at it without being certain.

All ideas welcome.

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Have you checked the continuity of the two thermostats attached to the heater element? One should have a red manual reset button. It would help identify the exact model if you post the PNC number on the door sticker (there are several versions with that model number).

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