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Thermal fuse failure

I replaced a thermal fuse in a Kenmore Dryer, ran through on cycle and the fuse failed again.

What is causing this failure?
What should I be checking?

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  • Eric Bingham
    Eric Bingham Oct 25, 2013

    I went through 4 thermal fuses. I checked the dryer and cleaned out the dryer of all lint, the dryer hose along with the entrance to the dryer vent. My dryer vent pipe is about 16 feet long and goes to the roof. I got a vent cleaning kit with a ten foot extension brush. I got out about four to five feet of lint in the lower part of the vent. I then got up on the roof and removed the vent cover. I cleaned out the vent cover and then with the vent cleaning brush, cleaned out the upper part of the vent pipe. After all the lint was removed, I put everything back together and tried out the dryer. No problems anymore.

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That housing where the filter goes needs to be taken out and washed

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