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Amana (Whirlpool) LE8517W2 electric dryer doesn't heat & more...

I have an Amana (Whirlpool) electric dryer (Model LE8517W2). It no longer heats up to dry.

What I've done so far to correct this:

After resetting the circuit breakers for the dryer (even though they did not look tripped) and after cleaning out all the lint build up I could find in the dryer, I removed the heater assembly (which has the thermal fuse & thermostat mounted on it) as well as a separate secondary monitoring device (either a secondary thermostat or a moisture sensor for non-timed degree of dryness shutdowns?) that was mounted in line with the exhaust vent just past the blower. I brought them all to my local appliance parts store where they found all but the heater assembly mounted thermal fuse to be in working order. I bought a replacement fuse (I would have replaced the thermostat at the same time, but it was unavailable. So in lieu of unnecessarily replacing the entire heater assembly ($70) I just got the fuse. I didn’t want to buy an unneeded part as they don’t take electric parts back as returns). I replaced the bad fuse & reinstalled the heater assembly and the exhaust monitor. I ran the dryer for a few minutes.

What is happening now:

The heat was back (temporarily), just not super hot. I placed a half load of towels in but it did not dry them properly even after a few hours.

Related background info:

It should be noted that before we lost the heat entirely the first time the dryer seemed to run forever before shutting down. The auto shut off seemed to be malfunctioning. The clothes were dry possibly an hour before it ever shutdown. I am not sure what is used to detect the level of dryness of the load whether a moisture sensor (surmised earlier) or what have you, but whatever it is, it doesn't seem to be working properly any longer. I am not sure if this could be tied to this problem or not but the cool down period seems to have stopped working altogether as well. When we opened the door to remove the clothes they were so hot I thought they could have possibly caught fire if they were left in for much longer. So much so that metal buttons and zippers would nearly burn you if you grasped them. I was wondering if this second issue (bad moisture sensor for auto shutdown) may have caused the first (no heat) due to excessive running times. (Needless to say I don't leave the house with the dryer running for fear of a fire.)

My question to you:

In your opinion what should I do next, replace the entire heater assembly or perhaps just the thermostat?

Your thoughts?

Thank you & sorry for the lengthy post (just want to provide as much info as I can so you don't have to ask for it).


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Yes you should replace your thermostat because the thermostat is what tells you heating element to shut down. They probably ckecked it for continuity and it seemed good but in reality it's not functioning properly. you seem to know about your dryer quite well so here's a site to go to and see about maybe replacing the entire heating unit check out items 1914 and 667745 at

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