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Guy at Sears parts said

That thermal limiter (no fuse just this) is not likely the cause of no heat in running dryer. . Dryer will not run at all when that blows. He said safety thermostat most likely culprit. (don't know if he turns a wrench or just looks in books)...true or false?

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  • patslacke Jul 31, 2008

    thanks - I decided to buy a clothesline!!haha I cancelled Sears guy after I went to Sears parts and none of these items is in stock. Furthermore clerk checked and if any of these are the cause the maint guy would have to order as well. What's the point of that? The clothesline will work for the summer and fall and by then I'll have found/ordered these parts.



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Safety thermostat, IS, thermal limit, IS thermal fuse, IS overtemperature cutout,
and probably half a dozen other names for the same item
The most common cause is burn out of the thermal cut-out. These are a small screw on device on the exhaust duct, when exhaust air reaches too high a temperature, like a blockage, they fail before a fire.
Clean the exhaust ducts all the way to the outside wall, lots of vent hoods block over time. then examin the exhaust duct for devices that look like this guy at Sears parts said - 2832e78.jpg or like this a5b1531.jpg with wires connected to the terminals. there may be 2(hi lo), test with a flashlilght bulb & battery, or ohmmeter
conductivity good,
no conductivity, replace,
they are not resettable.
There are only a few different kinds the local parts guy will have them. take the dud one for him to match.
Remove the plug from the wall before doing anything, remove the wires from the terminals before testing.
This a187dee.jpg is is the circuit for a kenmore dryer 24032,
220V overtemp cutout in the bottom right corner, is NOT connected to the 110V motor circuit.
The motor still runs when the cutout has blown
Sears sells you a $20 part,
arranges a $200 home service call,
somebody gets an attaboy for upsaling

Posted on Jul 31, 2008

  • AlmostBob
    AlmostBob Jul 31, 2008

    tell sears to *expletive deleted*

    Kenmore dryer parts can be found at your local parts guy or onlline at,

    they are mostly rebadged ge anyway

    the thermal cutouts are pretty much a standard item, 3 screw patterns and 2 temperatures

  • AlmostBob
    AlmostBob Aug 10, 2008

    this is from another post

    Indicates you can ignore the Sears tech, they can't fix their own stuff, so they definitely cant fix yours

    • kenmore 2.1 cu. ft compact top loader washer will not stop filling! im a sears tech, change computer board because that was main problem( 1out of 2 )changed board which is just below the the overlay panel with the light display only. pressure switch is well in tack as far as wireing. and the air hose is well connected to tub & pressure switch. what could be the problem? should I the tech have changed all the electronic boards or is the pressure hose & switch deffective! because they seem to be good . could u please send me the techincian test cycle for this model Kenmore 2.1 compact portable top loader



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