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Kenmore dryer Hello again! When the dryer is completely cooled down, it will start, the drum will tumble, and the dryer will heat up. I will set the dryer for 70 minutes. After running for 30 minutes on high, it will stop. The drum stops tumbling. The timer will still be running. I try to push the start button, but it will NOT start. I did not check the heating element (coils). I did change out 2 thingies like I said. I thought I'd try that 3rd thingy. It's white, with 2 small prongs, when I turn it over it looks like they might of hidden a tiny thermometer in the white plastic. Or maybe that's just my imagination. But if you think I should check the heating element...(ugh...so many little screws...I wonder where these extra ones go?), I guess I will. Thank You SO Very Much!

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Okay, the little white thingy you mention is the thermal fuse. If it were to blow, the dryer would not run at all. They usually blow like a fuse and require replacement, however, I have experienced on one occasion where the dryer would shut down in the manner you mention, and it was caused by a thermal fuse that was tripping off. I couldn't explain it, but I replaced it and the dryer worked fine after that. That could very well be a possiblity. Normally, problems like this are caused by the operating thermostat going bad. That the other thingy thats mounted next to the thermal fuse. The link I sent you should have information on how to check them. The heating element should not be considered a problem at this point. It would not cause the dryer to shut down if it were to fail. Your symptom would be a dryer that runs, but does not heat. Let em know if you have further questions.

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