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My dryer was running then stopped. It smelled like it overheated. I flipped the circuit breaker. That is fine. There was too much lint so I cleaned it out and was ready to order a thermal fuse, but then saw it might be something else. What do you think?

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Hi... I would get the Hi-limit Kit as well

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