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Series 80 where is the thermal fuse / thermostat located at for model # 11064892401

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Open the lower panel under the dryer door. You will need to insert a putty knife about two inches in from each side, along the front seam, to depress and release the panel retaining clips. With the panel open, the heating circuits are located on the right hand side. The Thermal Cut-Out (TCO) will be mounted on the outside of the heater box at the opposite end of the heating element terminals (towards the rear of the dryer). The Hi-Limit Thermostat will be located on the outside of the heater box as well, adjacent to the heating element terminals. To take a reading of either one of these components, you will need to unplug the dryer and disconnect the wires from each component (one-at-a-time) to properly isolate it from any parallel resistance paths. A good reading on either component should be 0 ohms. If either one of these components is found to be defective it is recommended that you replace BOTH of them. Failure to do so can result in pemature failure of any components you replace.

The replacement kit part number (if required) is 279769. You can purchase parts at any of the of the following websites:

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Prices vary between these sites, so shop around for the best deals. If you do not wish to order on line, take the part number provided, to the nearest appliance parts retailer. This is a common part they should carry in their store inventory.

If you need further assistance, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

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