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Thermal fuse keeps blowing

Can a defective timer cause the thermal fuse to keep blowing on an amana ale331raw electric dryer?

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  • jab7575 Feb 24, 2009

    My thermal fuse keeps blowing but it is NOT because the vent hose is kinked or due to the vent being clogged. I know this because I had a repair man out to my house for the third time in about a week. After putting on the third new thermal fuse he suggested that I run the dryer without the hose being connected. This would eliminate the hose or vent as a problem. Sure enough, about 50 minutes into the drying cycle the thermal fuse blew and the dryer shut off. Any suggestions as to what else could be blowing my thermal fuses?

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They will blow if the heat dont get out of the dryer and builds up inside / check and see if vent hose behind dryer is kinked or vent going outside is open / it will be one of those two.

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