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I have a FDE336re2 frigidaire dryer. I have replaced 3 thermal limiter switches and the 3204267 Frigidaire Dryer Safety Thermostat. The exhaust is clear. I operated the machine with the entire top lid opened so the interior would stay cooler and was able to do 4 dryer loads (at med heat) before the limit switch blew again. What else could be the problem!! ?

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Try running the dryer with out the vent hose connected see if the problem persists. This will eliminate the ventilation system of your home from the equation. Then if problem persists must gointo the dryer.

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SOURCE: Thermal limiter stops dryer; replaced multiple times. Dryer dead.

I think you are working on the wrong end. Check the fan and inlet ductwork of the dryer, if the air isn't moving properly, it will not move enough to keep the coils and limiters cool and they will fail after working properly a few times.

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