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Fuses WHere do I find the Thermal Fuse my dryer will not start My dryer has been working GREAT until this morning. All of a sudden, when it was opened and then closed to re-start, now it does absolutely nothing. What could it possibly be?

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  • pcarneygrmc Oct 09, 2008

    It's a Kenmore

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    john gagnon May 11, 2010

    HI what make is your dryer



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HI thanks for your question. the most likely part to fail is the thermal fuse, located at the back of the dryer. pull the dryer away from the wall . remove back panel. clean all lint. thermal fuse is located at the left, on the air duct. a small plastic piece , with 2 blue wires to it. replace this part. thanks the appliance doc. please rate my answer thanks.

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