Question about Dryers
Before accessing the heating element,:it very seldom fails
The most common cause of no heat to an otherwise functioning dryer is failure of the thermal cutout.
As well as the electric line fuses in the circuit there are devices that look like this or this screwed to the exhaust air duct or fan housing with wires to the terminals, inside the dryer. If there is a lint blockage in the duct or fan or outside vent hood, the air temperature rises and melts out this thermal cutout (also thermal fuse, heat protector, heat cutout & any other names different makers use) before causing a fire.
Test with an ohmmeter or battery and lamp bulb, conducts good, no conducts fail-replace.
Despite the number of models of dryer there are only a few thermal fuses, and the local parts guy WILL have the blown one on the shelf, as GE if not as kenmor part.
Whil the dryer case is opened is a good time to vacuum out the exhaust vents, fan impeller, and vent hood. ounce of prevention and all that
Posted on Sep 06, 2008
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