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  • plessry May 27, 2010

    thanks how much does the fuse go for?

  • plessry May 27, 2010

    before it completey quit you could move dials into different positions and hit start then it would. can it still be the fuse?

  • plessry May 28, 2010

    door latch came loose was pushed in enough to where it was not making contact, fixed it all better now. thanks for your time and help!

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Make and model number, any fault codes displayed if dryer has electronic cycle control?

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  • plessry May 27, 2010

    whrilpool estate mod # TEDS840JR2 Ser# MP5191271

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    yadayada May 27, 2010

    U need to check and poss replace the Thermal fuse. If it overheats the dryer will not operate. It's located on the blower housing which can be accessed from the back of the dryer. It cannot be reset. A vent clogged with lint can cause it to overheat. You can test it with an Ohm meter or continuity checker, if no continuity, replace it

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    yadayada May 27, 2010

    What is the thermal fuse: The Whirlpool dryer thermal fuse is a safety device. This fuse will blow if the temperature inside of the tumbler goes over 196 degrees.

    Electric dryer: When the thermal fuse blows on an electric dryer, the dryer will not start.
    Gas dryer: When the thermal fuse blows on a gas dryer, the dryer will still run, but it won't heat.
    As you can see the thermal fuse is use in two different ways in the electric and gas dryers, but you test them the same way.

    Where is located: The thermal fuse is located on the outside of the blower housing. To get access to the thermal fuse you will need to remove the back panel.

    How do you check it:
    Before you do any repairs on your dryer, you will need to disconnect the dryer from the wall outlet.


    After removing the back panel, remove one wire from the Whirlpool dryer thermal fuse and take a reading between the two terminal on the thermal fuse.

    The reading should be 0 ohms, if the reading is infinity, the thermal fuse is bad and it must be replace. When you find a bad thermal fuse, you will need to replace the operating thermostat too.


    The operating thermostat opens at 155 degrees and the thermal fuse blows at 196.




    These means that operating thermostat did not open at 155 and that is why the thermal fuse failed.

    A bad thermal fuse could be the reason why your electric dryer won't start or your gas dryer won't heat.

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    yadayada May 27, 2010

    no then it woulod most likely not be the fuse, wish u had told me that in the 1st place, would have saved us allot of time and mis-diagnosis, was the dryer cycle control or the timer you moved around? can you still get it to start by "playing" with the controls dials?

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