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Always in high heat

I have an old Kenmore dryer that won't provide low heat. It's always in high heat! Anty ideas?

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    thunderfur01 Aug 02, 2012

    it is a frgidare front lod and i repaced the element ant heat sensore

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    thunderfur01 Aug 02, 2012

    where is the house fuse on a frigidare dryer

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I am assuming this is an electric dryer.

1) Thermostat may have failed.
2) Element may have broken at one point and shorted to ground.

Please reply your specific model number and I can help further.

Posted on Jan 19, 2009

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