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Safety fuse? Will this fuse need to be replaced or just re-set?

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  • Eric Smith Apr 28, 2007

    I took the back off the oven and can't find that part. The only part that looks close is a WP 3196958. Not sure if this is the thermostat safety switch or not. Do I have to take any other panels off the back to get to the thermostat?

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The fuse is typically a one time item. It should be replaced. The oven will act as if it is pre-heating but will not actually heat. There is usually a couple of different ones in use , one common part number is a whirlpool part 4451442. This may not be the actual one for your range but it will be similar.

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