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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The Thermal Fuse is located on the air blower housing. Its a small white plastic component with two wire leads.
The Thermal Cut-Out (TCO) is located on the outside of the heater box on the end opposite the heating element terminals.
The reason I mention both these components is because some people confuse the two and use the words interchangeably. There is a difference between the two components and what they do.
DOUBLE CHECK YOUR SYMPTOMS:
If your dryer does not run at all, check your Thermal Fuse.
If your dryer runs, but does not heat you need to check the Thermal Cut-Out.
If you have any questions, please post back and let me know what symptoms you are having. Please include your complete model number (located on a nameplate around the door opening) so that I can determine how your dryer is configured. I hope this is helpful to you.
Posted on Jan 08, 2010
There are a few things you can check. You will need a voltage/ ohms meter. First thing you should check is that you are getting 240 Volts too the dryer. If the dryer is getting voltage, then you will need to check the heating element first. Remove the lower front panel usually held on by 2 1/4" screws. The element is located on the right side of the dryer (Looking at the front). Unplug the dryer, check continuity on the 2 terminals on the element, if there is continuity, the element is ok. Next you will need to start checking the thermostats. There is one thermostat and one safety stat on the side of the element housing. Both of those should have continuity also. If all three os those parts are checking out ok, you wil need to check the safety attached to the blower duct work directly below the drum. The easiest way to get to that safety is to remove the lint screen duct.Two 1/4" screws hold that on.
These are the most probably causes of your dryer not heating. Please contact me if you need more info.
If this helps you and you need to order the defective part, let me know and I can ship you the part also.
Hope this helps.
Posted on May 08, 2009
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