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Re: HOW TO REPLACE A THERMAL CUTOFF ON ELECTRIC DRYER
You will need too take off your back panel of your dryer and the heater is on your right the thermal cutoff is on the left of the heater housing at the top and then there is a little white thermal cutoff on your blower housing in the bottom left of the dryer now if this is not how your dryer looks let me know cause there is several different style of kenmore dryers but this is the most common one
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What is most likely the problem is the THERMAL FUSE which when it has gone out will cut power to the motor as opposed to the thermal cutoff and thermostat which controls ONLY the heat and has no bearing on the motor.
The thermal fuse is the housing where the lint filter fits into at the bottom of it, it's white in color and oval shaped check and replace it and the dryer will start very likely
If you have changed the thermal fuse you may have a defective thermal cutoff (located at the top of the heater housing in the back). The thermal cutoff will come with the high limit thermostat located at the bottom of the heater and you should change both parts if the thermal cutoff is bad. You can take both of the parts (the heater and the thermal cutoff) to a parts supplier to have them checked for continuity (they should both read "closed" if they are good). Good luck to you!
The first thing I would like you to do is get your model number from the dryer, it is located near the inside the of the dryer door. you need to make sure you have the right heater and thermal cutoff kit. The manufacture has more than one type of heater and thermal cutoff kit out, (( some will not work with others ))... Call another parts store or sears and make sure you have the correct parts !!
Most of the thermo cutoff kits have direction and if they are not making scence then the chance of you having the rong one is good !!!!!!!
If you remove the thermal cutoff from your origanal heater and then look at how many conetion pins are left. The new heater and old heater should be the same.
The most common heater is the 2 conection. But they made one with three. and if you have the one with three, it has to be replaced with the same one !!!
Without knowing the model of your machine, I cant tell you how to wire your machine.
I recomend you use the direction that came with the Cutoff kit.