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Roper electric dryer keeps blowing thermal fuse. motor will not run when this happens.it is bypassed for the time being,but want it fixed immediately. Did clean completely dryer lint trap and air duct to outside.Fuse still blows. after cleaning it. Could the motor be failing.

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Remove the lint chute and give that a good cleaning wash it and the filter outroper electric dryer keeps blowing thermal fuse. - 1f161fc.jpgCheck and see if the element is shorted to the frame. That will blow the fuse too.

Posted on Sep 03, 2010

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    Dan Webster Sep 03, 2010

    Get that whole thing out of the dryer and wash it. Then you can access the porthole and lean it. The wire mesh filter need scrubbing down too.

  • Dan Webster
    Dan Webster Sep 03, 2010

    Get the stuff out of the blower housing too.

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This usually caused by a blown thermal fuse on the blower housing located behind the rear access panel. This thermal fuse is wired in series with the motor and if it blows, power to the motor is terminated and the motor cannot run. No dryer function works when the motor cannot run.

Unplug the dryer or disconnect power then remove the rear access panel. Locate the thermal fuse then bypass it for troubleshooting purposes.

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Bypass the thermal fuse by disconnecting the wires and joining it together. Insulate properly and plug the dryer back in. The thermal fuse is indeed blown and needs to be replaced if the dryer starts. Do not use the dryer with the thermal fuse bypassed due to fire hazards.

Clean the lint filter and make sure the vent system is not restricted then replace the thermal fuse including the cycling thermostat (thermistor for other models) as a standard operating procedure and preventive measure. The thermal fuse usually cuts out due to a failed cycling thermostat(thermistor for other models).

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Do not think yet of purchasing new dryer nor calling a service person as this may be a simple problem and you can fix it yourself. You may only need to replace some components as this type of problem is usually caused by a blown thermal fuse which is wired in series with the motor. When it blows, power to the motor is terminated causing the motor not to run. No dryer function works then when the motor cannot run.

The thermal fuse is located on the blower housing along with the cycling thermostat. Disconnect power then access and bypass the thermal fuse. The blower housing is located on the front left bottom of the dryer cabinet for the dryers with lint filter on the front or at the rear left bottom if the lint filter is located on the top of the cabinet.
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Bypass the thermal fuse by disconnecting the wires and connecting them together. Insulate the connection properly and plug the dryer back in. The thermal fuse is indeed blown and needs to be replaced including the cycling thermostat if the dryer starts. NEVER use the dryer with the thermal fuse bypassed due to fire hazards. The thermal fuse and the cycling thermostat costs about $35.

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No dryer function works when the motor cannot run and the common issue is a blown thermal fuse located on the blower housing and wired in series with the motor. There will be no power to the motor when the thermal fuse blows and the motor cannot therefore run. Bypass the thermal fuse and if the motor runs, the thermal use is indeed blown and needs to be replaced. Do not use the dryer with the thermal fuse blown due to fire hazards.

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Hello DickandKendra! You've already done the difficult part, which was to find and locate the faulty thermal fuse (switch). Now you should be able to get a new one and replace it pretty easily, just be sure to unplug the dryer before you start taking it apart, etc., but you already knew that.

If you need to determine what the replacement part number is for your particular dryer is, please go to www.searspartsdirect.com, since you didn't post your model number, I can't provide you with the part number directly. No problem, you can find it by entering in your Dryer model number and then click on the links that show up to locate the thermal switch. There will also be a line drawing of your Dryer, so you can search by the picture, etc.

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