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Kenmore dryer not heating

Just so I don’t waste my time and money on my problem…my dryer stopped heating. I pulled the heating element which looked like a twenty year heating element because it is. There were no breaks in it so I put an ohm meter to it and it had good continuity. I then pulled the thermal cut off kit out. The thermostat had good continuity. The top part of this kit is, I take it, the fuse. If that is correct and it is a fuse, it is bad because there is no continuity. My question is should I put the money out for a new heating element or just go with the one I have? How long do they last anyway?

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  • userm1555 Dec 29, 2008

    Thanks for the help. I did clean all the lent out from behind the dryer and the vent tube.

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Just replace the thermal kit. it will come with both the upper thermal fuse and the lower high limit. dont change the element as they are just like light bulbs, they either work or they dont. they dont have a life span they just work until they break. and if yours is not broken and has continuity then it is ok.
one thing to do is to figure out why the thermal fuse failed. probably because of an air flow problem, either the lint filter is not clean or the vent is pinched off behind the unit. it may also be the vent in your home needs to be cleaned out.
change the thermal kit and it will work again until it gets too hot again. that is unless you fix the vent.

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I would leave the old one in there till it breaks.The replacement parts don't seem to last as long as the original equipment.

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