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Thermal fuse keeps blowing

I have AN amana electric dryer mod #ale331raw.for some reason the thermal fuse on the element housing keeps blowing.the way i determined this is by bypassing it to get the element to heat up. this will be the fourth time ive replaced it with in 3 mths.no lint,vents are clean, what else could cause this to keep happening.

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  • parsonbk Jan 30, 2009

    i am having the exact same prob. / kenmore elite / electric dryer, after changing the thermal fuse I have tested the temp. at exhaust - cycles as it should, ran it through five cycles and through all settings, seems fine - I did the same test a month ago (last time I changed it) - the only thing I can think of is to change the vent tubing? It takes a direct 90 out of the machine, then out the wall.

    Any suggestions?

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Good Afternoon,
Unless there is something restricting the ventilation I think you are having a problem with the heating coil staying on too long. If that is the case, one or more heating sensors are bad. Let me know if this helps and thank you for using FixYa!

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