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Due to a clogged vent pipe my dryer abruptly quit working, giving off a burnt smell. I have since gave the venting a good vacuuming. I checked the breaker and turned on the dryer with no results. Do you think it was the thermal fuse that has blown?

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Yes it sounds like the thermal fuse opened up in the dryer vent duct work due to the plugging of the vent and not being able to get rid of the excess heat

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That is the most likely suspect. If you can get me the complete model number from inside the door area I can help you locate and check that component

Posted on Apr 24, 2010

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