I have a 1980s Hamilton Beach Scoville Popaire 2 that has a thermal switch on the blower housing that seems to have quit working. Can you give me the specs on that so I can locate a generic replacement, or do you carry the parts for that old of a product? Otherwise, it works great--even after all these years!
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First try the Use and Care Guide search on the Hamilton Beach site: Hamilton Beach Good Thinking. If that does not work becaust the model is too old then do a Google search for Hamilton Beach (your model number) owner's manual (or use and care guide).
This problem is commonly caused by a blown thermal fuse located on the blower housing. The thermal fuse is wired in series with the motor and the motor activates a centrifugal switch for the heating element when it runs. These setup makes the dryer fail to start and the heating element not to turn on if the thermal fuse is blown. The dryer seems to no work at all. Verify the condition of the thermal fuse by bypassing it and starting the dryer.
Disconnect power then access and bypass the
thermal fuse on the blower housing. The blower housing is located on the rear left bottom of the dryer cabinet. Remove the rear panel to access the blower housing and so the thermal fuse.
the thermal fuse by disconnecting the wires and connecting them
together. Insulate them properly and plug the dryer back in. The thermal
fuse is indeed blown and needs to be replaced along with the cycling thermostat if the dryer starts. Do
not use the dryer with the thermal fuse bypassed due to fire hazards.
The thermal fuse and cycling thermostat are part numbers 3392519 and 3387134, respectively.
Contact the manufacturer. Most retail stores will not sell parts like this (and if they do, it's probably a store that will be something like a kitchen specialty store--aka, a little more pricey), so the best way to go is to contact Hamilton Beach so that they can get it for you (and, a lot of times, they can get it for you at a cheaper price, or, if you're under warranty, sometimes for FREE!!).
Their contact number should be either stamped somewhere on the machine (usually on the bottom--might be stamped directly into the plastic, so make sure you have it in really good light when trying to read) or in the product manual (usually near the back of the book). Good luck! :)
I just put about six cups of white vinegar (not diluted) into the reservoir and let it sit for about an hour. Then I emptied that out and flushed a few pitchers of very hot water through. It seems to have worked quite well.