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My haier dryer quit. I replaced the thermostat located in back near the heating element and the thermal limiter. The dryer worked twice but seemed to get very hot. The on the third time it quit again. What now? Did I replace the wrong thermostat?

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    rmartin2189 Oct 19, 2012

    Where is the thermostat and the heating element located?

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Have you made sure the vent is not plugged, and that the vent fan is working properly? This would cause over heating. There is also a thermal fuse that caused it to quit again.

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