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Whirlpool dryer stops after 5 minutes

Just replaced the thermostat in a Whirlpool dryer because it was not getting hot during operation. The heating element was not broken so did not replace it. Now when the dryer is started, it gets hot but cuts off after a few minutes, then requires a minute or two before it can be started again (as if something's overheating?). Any help is appreciated, thanks.

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    I have a similar problem. The dryer does not get hot. The heating element is fine and I have changed the thermastat. What do I do next?

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Locate the circuit breaker for the dryer. Run the dryer for awhile and with the back of your finger pressed against each of the two switches (it will be a double breaker), see if the breaker is getting warm or wait until the dryer quits then check the breaker for any noticeable increase in temperature. With properly rated breakers, they should not get warm. If getting warm, it is a sign the breaker is bad and should be replaced.

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