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Dryer not heating I had the heating element checked--it is good

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There's more to the heating circuitry than the heating element. If the element is good, more than likely the Thermal Cut-Out (TCO) has blown. This component acts as a fuse in an overheat condition to protect the heating element. There are two components located on the outside of the heater box of the heating element. The one at the opposite ned of the heating element terminals is the TCO, the one closest to the terminals is the Hi-Limit Thermostat. To check either of these components, disconnect the wire leads and remove from the heater box. Take a resistance check across the component terminals and you should get a reading of zero ohms (or something close to it). If either component is bad, you must replace BOTH of them. Failure to do so may result in premature failure of any parts you replace. These two components are sold as a set and can be purchased at any of the following websites:

The part number is 279816. The average cost is about $20. Prices vary between these sites, so shop and compare. If you do not wish to order on line, take the part nukber provided to your nearest appliance parts retailer. This is a common replacement item they should have in their in-store inventory.

The first three sites on the list also offer excellent exploded view diagrams to assist you in locating components. The TCO (with Hi-Limit Thermostat) is listed as item 9 under the "Bulkhead" parts section.

If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

NOTE: If the TCO blows, it usually blows for a reason. Most commonly, this is caused by the dryer exhaust vent becoming clogged. It is adviseable to inspect the entire length of the exhaust vent ducting and dryer interior to ensure you have no clogs anywhere. Failure to do so will result in repeated failures of the heating circuit and it is a fire hazard.

Also make sure the vent hose is not kinked or crushed. It is recommended that you use the semi-rigid metal type exhaust vent ducting as it resists kinking, crushing, rodent infestation and heat. Make sure the exhaust vent is at least 12 inches from the ground. If you have any type of protective cover on the exhaust, make sure it is of the louvered variety. Do not place screens on the vent as it will collect lint and become clogged.

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