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Whirlpool dryer i replaced the thermal fuse. and it worked for about 2 loads and then it just stopped. when i went to turn it back on and the start button made a buzzing sound. i took the back off and watched as pushed it again. there was some purple and blue sparks. so i bought a new push to start switch. well it worked for only a minute. so please advise me on this matter. do you think i should take to dump ????? thank you, lori from pa

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Hi lori,

may i ask why you replaced the thermal fuse?

i would check my venting first. that is one of the most common cause of dryers stopping during operation.

do you get any error messages? if you do, it's most likely during overheating.

the reason the start button is buzzing and sparking is the fact that you are shorting the circuit.

can you supply me with the brand and model # please and i will find more information for you.

thanks again.

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