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Dryer won't get hot.

How do I get to the thermal fuse? I think that is why my dryer won't heat.

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Take the back dust cover off and the thermal limit is mounted on the heating element to the right. The fuse is on the left but if the dryer runs the fuse is ok. The high limit would be the problem. WHY? Because the limit is set to blow at 250F and its counterpart the small one near the top is set to blow at 300. The fuse will blow at 350f so there is a lot of redundancy built into the dryer.
NOTE: If the heaters element is good, the limits is good, the control thermostat is good and you paid the electric bill, then the timer can be the fault. Not likely but still a possibility so do not rule it out but let it be the last dayum thang you buy, not the first!.
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Hi, Most dryers have the theromstats and fuse in back. You will need to remove the rear panel. You can also test the heating element too (If it is electric)
If you do not see a panel in the back, the lower front panel will come off with two clips.

I hope this heps. If I can help more, please let me know.


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