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Hi there. i have a whirlpool dryer and i believe my issue is the high limit cutoff. How do i fix this?

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Remove the back of the dryer. Test the limit and thermostat on the side of the heater housing. There is also a thermal fuse down by the exhaust it is white plastic with two wires check it as well as the heating element.

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Both the Thermal cutoff and the operating t-stat should have ZERO ohms resistiance 0.8 is fine but open on either they are bad

That part number you have listed is what ya would need..even if only the thermal cutoff is open replace both the thermal cutoff and high limit t-stat at the same time

also if the cycling t-stat is open replace it too...if its fairly modenr and hasa digital display the cycling thermostat is a thermister and at room temp that will be about 5.8 thousand ohms

if has timer the cycling t-stat will look like the high limit t-stat and should be closed


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If you have changed the thermal fuse you may have a defective thermal cutoff (located at the top of the heater housing in the back). The thermal cutoff will come with the high limit thermostat located at the bottom of the heater and you should change both parts if the thermal cutoff is bad.
You can take both of the parts (the heater and the thermal cutoff) to a parts supplier to have them checked for continuity (they should both read "closed" if they are good).
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Hi, I have a probLem! No doubt you hear that frequently!! First, you need to know I'm 60, and not a mechanical or electrical bone in my body. I found this site as I was looking for a heating element for...

The two red wires on the dryer probably connect to the short red/wht wire at the end with the extra connector. The other end of the red/wht wire would then connect to the blk/wht wire with small brass connector. This arrangement should place the thermal cutout in series with the high limit (ie, one after the other). Suggest you post pictures if this doesn't sound right.

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If I were called out to your home to repair this problem, I would first check your breaker. I would flip it off and then back on. If this didn't fix the problem. I would then check the door switch. If it's good, I would then open the back and check the thermal fuse and then the Thermal cut off. If either were bad I would change it. If it were the thermal cutoff. I would also change you high limit because when the thermal cutoff is bad, it is due to the high limit thermostat going bad, then the dryer cycling on the thermal cut off until it goes bad causing a problem like what you have.
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