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If its the old style with a knob it could be in the controls itself

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Maytag performance dryer not drying clothes. We have checked the lint trap and the b ack of the dryer any ideas?

Check ventilation going out of house and inside dryer itself. If either is stopped up, clothes won't dry properly. If venting and dryer is completely clear, things I would check would be proper voltage going to dryer, heating element, thermal cutoff and high limit thermostat, operating thermostat, timer, and motor in that order.

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Dryer runs, no heat, element OK 10.5ohm, Hi limit thermostat .8 ohm, next one is thermal cutoff or operating thermostat, open no meter readings. Part # FSP 3399848 could this be my problem? Thank You


Both the Thermal cutoff and the operating t-stat should have ZERO ohms resistiance 0.8 is fine but open on either they are bad

That part number you have listed is what ya would need..even if only the thermal cutoff is open replace both the thermal cutoff and high limit t-stat at the same time

also if the cycling t-stat is open replace it too...if its fairly modenr and hasa digital display the cycling thermostat is a thermister and at room temp that will be about 5.8 thousand ohms

if has timer the cycling t-stat will look like the high limit t-stat and should be closed


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Dryer tumbles, no heat, thermo fuse has been changed. Can it be the cycling thermostat or the heating element?

If you have changed the thermal fuse you may have a defective thermal cutoff (located at the top of the heater housing in the back). The thermal cutoff will come with the high limit thermostat located at the bottom of the heater and you should change both parts if the thermal cutoff is bad.
You can take both of the parts (the heater and the thermal cutoff) to a parts supplier to have them checked for continuity (they should both read "closed" if they are good).
Good luck to you!

Oct 07, 2010 | Whirlpool WED5300S Electric Dryer

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How to connect dryer wires to thermal cutoff

The first thing I would like you to do is get your model number from the dryer, it is located near the inside the of the dryer door. you need to make sure you have the right heater and thermal cutoff kit. The manufacture has more than one type of heater and thermal cutoff kit out, (( some will not work with others ))... Call another parts store or sears and make sure you have the correct parts !!

Most of the thermo cutoff kits have direction and if they are not making scence then the chance of you having the rong one is good !!!!!!!

If you remove the thermal cutoff from your origanal heater and then look at how many conetion pins are left. The new heater and old heater should be the same.

The most common heater is the 2 conection. But they made one with three. and if you have the one with three, it has to be replaced with the same one !!!

Without knowing the model of your machine, I cant tell you how to wire your machine.

I recomend you use the direction that came with the Cutoff kit.

Aug 11, 2010 | Kenmore 62602 Electric Dryer

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Kenmore electric dryer model 11060901990 wont start

I would recommend you begin by checking the THERMAL FUSE. The fuse is located on the air blower assembly and is a small plastic looking component with two wires attached. Make sure you UNPLUG the dryer before servicing and make sure you take any resistance readings with the component removed from the circuit. You can isolate it by simply unplugging the wires to it. A good reading will be something close to zero ohms.

The following link can give you some added advice on how to troubleshoot a dryer:

If you do find the thermal fuse blown, it generally blows for a reason. This is usally attributed to something coming in contact with the fuse wires (like loose change from your pockets), or a dryer that has an obstructed exhaust vent. Inspect the interior cabinet and air blower fan for accumulations of dirt or lint, followed by an inspection of the dryer vent from where it leaves the back of the dryer, to where it exits your home. If the dryer exhaust vent is kinked or clogged, the dryer heating circuits will overheat to the point of failure. Failure to provide good air flow for the dryer will results in repeated component failures and can become a fire hazard.

If you have questions, please post back with your MODEL NUMBER (located on a nameplate around the door opening on Kenmore) and let me know. I hope you find this information helpful.

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I replace the thermal cutoff kit and the dryer worked just fine for about a week. Started the dryer and did dry for a while, then stopped turning in the middle of drying a load. I hear a tick sound. I...

You say you change the kit must be an electric dryer. Did you replace the whole kit you must replace the thermal cutoff and the high limiter both they come in the kit You may check the other fuse its just above you thermostadt on the other side of the dryer on the back about 2" long all white and plastic.

Apr 21, 2010 | Dryers

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Dryer shuts off before load is dry. it will not turn back on for about a half an hour. is this an easy fix?

Yes it is. It is more than likely your high limit thermostat. The high limit thermostat is located on the back of the dryer after the heating element, (right before the entrance into the drying chamber). They high limit and thermal cutoff usually come as a kit because they should be replaced at the same time. The thermal cutoff is located on or around the body of the heating element. good luck!

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Kenmore 80 Series Dryer - No Heat - Thermal Cutoff Kit 279769

that therm. will actually come off the heating element part, it is always good to change both, I use a small screwdriver to get it off

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Kenmore dryer won't start

your blowing that many thermal fuses, id replace all the thermostats. (2) come in one kit both on heater box 1 top and one bottom. id also look into your venting, a clogged fo kinked vent is going to overheat the unit and blow all sorts of stuff(not to mantion the potential fire hazard of a bad vent

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