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Whirlpool Dryer, Heats up, but will not spin.

Earlier in the week my dryer would spin but would not heat up. I have since changed the heating element and it worked for 2 days and now it will not spin. I got my mutilmeter back out and started testing things and it appears the Thermal Fuse is bad, however I thought that would keep it from heating, not keep it from spinning, anyone have advice?

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Thermal fuse , is the small white plastic piece on the blower box . That , keeps the dryer from running . Thermal cut-off , is the small thermostat on the burner (element) box , which would keep the dryer from heating .

Posted on Aug 01, 2009

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    What should the test on thermal cut-off show?

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The belt was broken in my case. There are several Youtube videos show how to replace it. I purchased a repair kit from Amazon and fixed it myself.

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