I was told it was likely a thermal fuse and connect the wires on the thermal fuse to see if it would start. If it did it was the thermal fuse. It didn't start. The dryer worked fine when I was used it last a week ago. Now it's like it has NO POWER. There is no light when you open the door and the dryer does nothing. I have checked the plug in, and it has power.
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If your Kenmore dryer has stopped producing heat, chances are the problem lies with the dryer's thermal fuse. A fire-prevention safety device, the thermal fuse is designed to disrupt the flow of electricity to the dryer's heating mechanisms if the dryer temperature reaches a predetermined maximum. Once activated, the thermal fuse must be replaced to restore the heat to your dryer. In Kenmore brand residential dryers, the thermal fuse will be located in one of two places.
Front Panel Access 1 Unplug your Kenmore dryer from its power source. Make sure that the appliance is unplugged before proceeding. 2 Use a flathead screwdriver or putty knife to remove the dryer's bottom service panel, sometimes called the toe panel. Slide the screwdriver or putty knife along the top of the toe panel until you've located the toe panel clips. The clips are usually located about four inches in from either side of the service panel. Push down on the toe clips with the screwdriver or putty knife to release. Remove the panel and set it aside.
3 Locate the thermal fuse on your Kenmore dryer. Look for the thermal fuse directly above the dryer's motor; it looks like a white strip with two wires, and is usually mounted off to one side. See Resources for a diagram of thermal components. Rear Access 4 Disconnect the Kenmore dryer from its power source while locating the thermal fuse. 5 Move the dryer away from the wall so that you can access the back of the appliance. 6 Use a screwdriver to remove the dryer's back panel. Set the panel and loose screws aside until you are ready to replace them. 7 Locate your Kenmore dryer's thermal fuse just above the exhaust port. The thermal fuse looks like a white strip with two connected wires.
Tips & Warnings
Clogged exhaust ports are a common cause of thermal fuse failure. While you've got your Kenmore dryer in pieces, clean out the exhaust ducts to keep it functioning at its best.
Take all proper safety precautions when working with electrical appliances. Make sure that your Kenmore dryer is unplugged before attempting to service it.
Check this link ,if you use Whirlpool Dryers: http://www.do-it-yourself-washing-machine-and-dryer-repair-help.com/thermalfuse-dryer-Whirlpool-29inch-electric.html
your Maytag dryer has mysteriously stopped producing heat, a blown
thermal fuse may be the cause of your problem. In Whirlpool
dryers,thermal fuses are safety switches that are designed to disrupt
the flow of electricity to your dryer's heating mechanisms once the
dryer reaches a predetermined maximum temperature, usually somewhere
around 180 degrees F.
Thankfully, troubleshooting the thermal fuse in a
Maytag dryer is easier than it sounds.
Instructions And Things You'll Needed.
Screwdriver,Towel,Electrical tape,Replacement thermal fuse, if necessary.
Clean out thelint screen in your Maytag clothes dryer. Lint buildup can
cause your dryerto overheat, triggering the thermal fuse to disrupt
power to your dryer'sheating mechanisms. Take the lint screen out of
your Whirlpool dryer and washit in warm water. Dry the screen
thoroughly before replacing it.
2 Look behindthe dryer to check its flexible exhaust hose for
kinks or obstructions.Disconnect the exhaust hose from the back of your
dryer and clean out any lintthat has built up.
3 Go outside andcheck your Maytag dryer's exhaust vent for
obstructions. Lint buildup, birdnests or other obstructions in the
outside exhaust vent can trigger yourdryer's thermal fuse.
4 Disconnectyour dryer from its power source before attempting to access its thermal fuse.
5 Access the thermal fuse in your Maytag dryer byremoving the back
panel. Remove the screws that hold the back panel in placeand it should
easily come free.
6 Look betweenthe dryer's blower housing and exhaust to locate its
thermal fuse. The thermalfuse in a Whirlpool dryer looks like a white
plastic strip that has two wiresconnected to it.
7 Bypass the thermal fuse in your Maytag dryer whileyou perform a
quick diagnostic test. Use electrical tape to tape together thetwo
wires connected to the thermal fuse. Reassemble your dryer and plug it
backin. Set the dryer to a timed heated drying cycle and press
"Start."If the dryer produces heat with its thermal fuse bypassed, it
means the thermalfuse needs to be replaced.
8 Replace a blown thermal fuse in your Maytag dryer.Disconnect the
power and remove the back panel. Remove the electrical tape thatyou
used to perform the diagnostic test and disconnect the wires from
thethermal fuse. Remove the screws that secure the thermal fuse to the
dryer anddiscard the blown fuse. Attach the replacement thermal fuse by
replacing andtightening the screws. Attach the wires to the new thermal
Thermal fuse. If the dryer overheats, this device stops the flow of electricity to the heat source and/or the entire dryer. It is located on the blower housing and cannot be reset. The most common cause for overheating is a vent tube clogged with lint, a birds nest or other debris.
Disconnect the power source to your dryer before you conduct this or any other repair. Either unplug the unit from the wall outlet, remove the appropriate fuse from the fuse box, or flip the appropriate breaker in the circuit breaker panel.
Testing a dryer's thermal fuse is much like testing its thermostats. Follow these steps to replace your dryer's thermal fuse.
The wires leading to the thermal fuse are connected using metal slip on connectors. Remove the wires by pulling on the connectors, and not the wires themselves. It may be a good idea to use a pair of needle nosed pliers to help you
This sounds like a problem with the thermal fuse blown which is wired in series with the motor. Power to the motor is terminated when the thermal fuse blows and the motor cannot run. No dryer function works when the motor cannot run. Click on the link below for the detailed instructions in troubleshooting this kind of Whirlpool Duet or Kenmore Elite dryer problem.
Check the continuity of the thermal fuse located on the blower housing. This thermal fuse is wired in series with the motor and once blown, power to the motor is terminated and the dryer will not start. Also the power to the heating circuit is activated through the motor centrifugal switch. The dryer will therefore not heat once the motor cannot run.
Disconnect power then access
the thermal fuse on blower housing.
Dryers with lint filter on the front.
Dryers with lint filter on the top.
You can bypass
the thermal fuse for troubleshooting purposes by disconnecting the wires and connecting them
together. Insulate the connection properly and plug the dryer back in. The thermal
fuse is indeed blown and needs to be replaced along with the cycling thermostat if the dryer starts. Do
not use the dryer with the thermal fuse bypassed due to fire hazards.
Let us know if you need further advice but indicate the exact model number of the dryer.
A fuse is tested using the continuity or resistance (ohm) setting on a multimeter.
Disconnect the power to the dryer. Disconnect the leads to the fuse. With the meter set on continuity, the meter should beep - if you set to ohms, you should read 0 ohms across the terminals of the fuse. If you read infinity, the fuse is bad.
check the thermal fuse on the blower housing, remove the back panel and you will see a white fuse with blue wires connected to it it is to the left of the vent tube of the dryer if it shows no contunity then the fuse is bad and needs to be replaced