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Our Kenmore Elite HE3 gas dryer circa 2000-2001 was blowing the fuse in our house. It got to the point were we couldn't reingage the circuit breaker any more so we called in an electrician. He did some stuff but when we plugged the dryer back in it made a snapping noise then smoked something awful. It now shows a pf call out but continues to blow the fuses. Is there any hope for having this dryer fixed or do we need to go shopping. We really don't want to buy a new dryer!

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Sounds like a hot wire inside the machine that is grounding out

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