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How do I determine if fuse [part # 341145] is "open"? Whirlpool dryer Model # LE6900XW0.

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  • john_cochran Jun 17, 2009

    Thank you very much! I don't have a multimeter so I will dig out the heating element for a visual inspection because I think this may be my problem. I understand this is one of the parts in a dryer that can finally burn out.



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You will need a multimeter to test the fuse.
Set it to OHMS and see what reading you get.
If the reading is 0 or 0.1 or 0.2 (a low value), then the fuse is ok. Any higher and the fuse is open or as we say open circuit.

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  • Adrian Jun 18, 2009

    No problems at all. If you get stuck, post again.



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