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My dryer is not heating up (it is a m460-g). I can't distinguish the thermal fuse. I think that is what is wrong with it. can you help me find it

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Trace the wiring -- you'll probably see several devices (thermal limit switches / tstats) which look kinda like small relays with two or three wires plugged into them. One of these is probably burned (or in some cases blown).

If you have a continuity meter, you can test each one of these for continuity between the terminals. They should all have electrical continuity when the dryer is not running. Of course, do this with the dryer unplugged.

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It is possible that your dryer isn't heating because its heating element is defective. Heating elements are irrepairable. If yours has ceased to function properly, you will have to replace it. Open your dryer's cabinet and locate the heating element so that you can test it.
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If any of your dryer's thermostats have become defective, they could be the reason that your dryer is not heating. Open up your dryer's cabinet and test each of your dryer's thermostats. If any are faulty, replace them.
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