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NO HEAT First problem was wouldn't dry which turned out to be clogged vent pipe. While we pulled the stuff out we also vacuumed the inside of the dryer to get lint out from inside. We put it back together and now it does not heat. I runs but only with cold air. Breaker box was checked, wires appear to be all secure. Is this the thermal fuse on the heat coil housing and is that something we could do with average homeowner's tools?

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  • blakgalme Feb 07, 2009

    my dryer is the le9700s series, an older model. it won't heat. i am thinking its the heating element. would i be correct?



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Dryer gets hot inside to touch but does not dry clothes put a new heating element in but still not drying clothes it is electric whirlpool estate

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Its either the heating element or the limit switches both of which you can install yourself

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