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My Maytag 6400AYW dryer does not heat. Vent was clogged. I cleared but it still does not heat. Smelled metal burning prior to problem. Appears that I need to replace thermal fuse and hi limit ther

Want to avoid repairman. How do I access the thermal fuse?

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  • Mike Jaros Jan 01, 2013

    I removed thermal fuse and hi-limit fuse. Both test OK on meter. Then I removed and tested the heating element. There was no continuity. Took it out of the canister, and yes, the element is broken. Stores here did not stock so I ordered the part from Sears. Due to New Year's holiday, it will take a week. Still saved a lot over hiring someone. (This is assuming that the heating element is the part.) Thanks again Bill.

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You are on the right trac.
The easyest way to check the thermal fuses is to follow the wires from the heater element up to the control board and put a meter across the thermal fuses, most dryers have two, you unplug the leads remvoe and replace.
Unplug before you start.
Check you model number again, and then go to the sears web page and you will be able to pull diagrams of the unit, I tried and you have an error

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SOURCE: Hotpoint NVL333EY Electric dryer blows thermal fuse

I had the same thing happen, I replaced the thermal cutoff and made sure no lint build up. It lasted a week then blew again. I then replaced it again and got to thinking why it would blow. I then took apart the exaust inside the dryer running fron the drum to the motor and right before the motor was a build up of lint ane particals that was almost like compressed sawdust which was blocking half of the line. I cleaned this out and it seemed to work much better.

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If the cleaning helped before, maybe something is still clogged. Check particularly the area around the lint filter. Take it out and see if you can remove lots of lint, maybe with something like a coat hanger and a bit of skill and care. I have found air passages to lint filters crammed, particularly when people have neglected cleaning the filter.

Sometimes, if the room is dark and you look the right place (like maybe the back panel grill), it is easy to see the light of the coils turning off and on. Sometimes that behavior can provide a clue.

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Check the switch mounted on the motor. Two of the terminals are for the heater element operation. Other causes could be a faulty heat selector switch or timer. These components can be tested using a multimeter or ohmmeter and checking for continuity. A lack of continuity indicates a faulty switch. These are some items to consider. Hope this helped and best wishes.

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SOURCE: Replacing a heating element on Maytag Electric Dryer

Hank,
if you have all those parts , i would indeed replace them all. it will allow your entire heating circuit to strat fresh
just ensure all your paddle connections are tight
but check your heater for continuity too

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