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Maytag mde9700ayw thermal fuse on heater box blew. replaced it and blew again. will an open safety thermistat cause this

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No. A short in the heating element is more likely to blow the thermal fuse. If the thermostat was open, there would be no power applied to the element

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I'll start by saying your post indicates it is a Maytag MDE9700AYW dryer. I'm not sure if you know this, but this particular Maytag is built by Samsung.

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**unplug the appliance and turn off the gas supply before attempting any first**

Let me know how you make out or if you require further assistance and I'll do whatever I can. Good luck.


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