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Dryer Thermal Fuse

I have a Whirlpool Electric Dryer and I replaced the Thermal Fuse and it didn't make it through 1 drying cycle before it blew again. Can you help me trouble shoot why the Thermal Fuse is repeatedly blowing. Thanks.

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Air flow could be the issue or if your heater itself is grounded against the cabinet i think your unit is getting to hot check all your vent lines if you have good air flow check the heater try taking the vent totally off for a few cycles and see if the fuse blows agian

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