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Blowing high limit fuses

I posted the problem a few weeks ago and I was told I might have a blockage but I do not, I took apart the vent from wall and the entire exhaust system in the dryer and found nothing. This time the fuse only lasted 1-2 weeks and in the past it lasted a month or so, would it be the thermostate or the thermostate heater? I have no clue anymore, can you help my model number is lea30aw if you need it thanks

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  • mraith Mar 06, 2009

    I have replaced the high limit fuse three times now and the space between replacements has decreased each time. I noticed this time that there is current (120v) running in the top wire that connects back to the thermostat and then the upper post of the element. I followed the wire back to the controls and found that it connects to a resistor and then to the controls. The resistor is supposed to test at 4.7kolms, and did, so I'm guessing this is a failed control module.

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I HAVE A AMANA LEA30AW DRYER I KEEP BLOWING THERMAL FUSE THE HEAT ELEMENT TEST GOOD AND THE VENTING IS CLEARD WHAT COULD CAUE IT TO BLOW

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Check the blower wheel attached to your motor.
It may be free-wheeling causing too high a temp thet is blowing the fuses.

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