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Maytag Neptune Thermal Fuse Location?

Can anyone please tell me where the thermal fuse is located for a Maytag Neptune MDE9700AYW?

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  • kelsthe1 Sep 05, 2008

    The dryer turns on but when we press the start button the error ts comes on the screen. Dryer does not function. I read the manuel it said the Thermistor has short sensed. can anyone help me fix this problem?

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  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    no heat

  • Alvaro N Sanchez Aug 10, 2014

    its on the heating element


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Yes, I just changed thermal fuse on the same model . . . take off the front door, the front panel and there it is; attached to the vent tube with a flimsy bracket

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It is located on the heating element airflow tube.
Remove two large bolts located on the lid on the back.
Now the top can slide back and off when you slide it back.
The plastic control panel needs to come off now.
Remove the 4 philips head screws on the top of the plastic panel.
Rotate the top of the sloped panel so it is up and down being careful not to break it.
This will disconnect the bottom of the panel which is latched at the bottom.
Once the panel is loose lay it out of the way on top at the length of the cable.
Remove the two screens on the door hinge.
Remove the lower two screws at the bottom of the dryer opening.
Remove the 4 screws at the top of the front panel.
Lift the front panel, it latches at the bottom to the frame.

On the lower right side is a tube where air is sucked in, heated and pulled into the dryer drum.
Slide the three spade connector pairs that are toward the middle of the dryer from the tstat, themal fuse and heating element. Take note of where they come from.

Remove the one philips screw at the bottom heating tube.
The tube will now slide toward the front of the dryer and come out.
The two devices will measure a minor resistance if they are good.
The heating coil will measure a small resistance.
The thermal fuse looks like a little metal can.

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    ddavis2259 Dec 17, 2012

    Thank you so much. helped me get dryer apart where I found bad heating elementt


Dryer does not dry

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As far as part, there are a couple of places I prefer, on-line at "" or "".

**unplug the appliance and turn off the gas supply before attempting any first**

Let me know how you make out or if you require further assistance and I'll do whatever I can. Good luck.


Macmarkus :)

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