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Check lint light on replaced thermal fuse 2x blew again??

I am losing my mind...please help...the check lint light came on, dryer would not run, replaced thermal fuse, worked for 2 loads...cleaned vent, lint area replaced again, ran for several days, was hot to touch on side of dryer on jeans button, now blew again...what is causing this and how do i fix it?

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  • bulldglady Feb 01, 2010

    sorry, this is a electric dryer...single mom of 2 laundry piling up!!! Help...where is the airflow sensor located?

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It would be nice to know if it's gas or electric, I think it may be an airflow sensor switch,clean or replace switch

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