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How do I check a thermal relay switch for a kenmore dryer? Should it be open normally? Mine is.

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  • ssv01 May 23, 2009

    I hope it's the unit as it is open in a stand alone mode, ie. no wires connected to it.

    Thank You.

    Vern

  • ssv01 May 23, 2009

    Thank You Vic.

    Vern

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Thermal fuse or stat? They should be closed normal.
Does this help?
Please let me know if I can assist you further.

Vic

Posted on May 23, 2009

  • Victor
    Victor May 23, 2009

    You are very welcome

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