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My clothes dryer fuse blew and has now been replaced. It melted the fuse holder but I was able to find a replacement part. The dryer now works but does not heat. I have been told the dryer heater may also have a fuse. Does it sound like the heating element has gone? How do I fix this?

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  • lahdidah1 Sep 10, 2010

    Thank you for your advice. I will try the thermal fuse first and let you know what happens.

  • lahdidah1 Sep 11, 2010

    which side is the heating element on? Is it the side with the black cover or the side with the silver cover?

  • lahdidah1 Sep 11, 2010

    I'm a single woman trying to do this so appreciate the help.

  • lahdidah1 Sep 11, 2010

    I went to an appliance part shop yesterday and the guy said it's probably not the thermal fuse and I should check the element. I've looked at the back of the dryer and don't know which cover to remove, the black one on the left side or the silver one on the right side. Can you advise please?



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the heating element is tested removing it from circuits and reading impedance at its terminals. If the element is bad, then circuit will be open (Ohms stay on infinity).

Rather than the heating element you should replace the thermostats kit. Thermostats are also tested reading Ohms. When a thermostat is good it must read zero or very low impedance at room temperature. The thermal fuse is tested in the same way, I do not know if you already replaced this part. Check the termal fuse first.

Here parts and diagrams:

One Time Use Thermal Fuse (part 7 in diagram)

CUTOFF-TML (Thermal Cut-Off Kit) (part 9)

High Limit Thermostat(part 15)

Cycling Thermostat (part 8)

Heating Element (part 17)

Here the diagram, click on picture to enlarge:

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Posted on Sep 10, 2010

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    Ginko Sep 10, 2010

    If you want use a multimeter to test te termal fuse. Thanks for the update.

  • Ginko
    Ginko Sep 11, 2010


    About your question " which side is the heating element on? Is it the side with the black cover or the side with the silver cover?"

    If you are talking about the thermal fuse, this is in the heating group, above the element on the other side, not on top of the element. To help I suggest printing the diagram above and finding nr 7 (look at right top of picture)

    See also the hints here: Installation Instructions from users



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