Dryer too hot flips the thermal fuse
Model Number: NED7200TW Brand:
5 - 10 years
My issue started with my wife noticing that the dryer was running cold. I then took the following steps:
1. Checked for airflow outside the house. It was blowing cool air
2. Used my leaf blower to blow air through the air duct and check for blockage. Very little came out.
3. Checked the hose. Not perfect, but nothing visible clogging it. It does have to snake around creating two turns, but it has been like this for a while with no issues.
4. Checked the element. No breaks. Nothing touched the metal housing. Element has continuity.
5. Checked the thermostat and thermal fuse (the two fuses on the element housing. Not sure the technical names.) The little one (thermal fuse) has no continuity the bigger one was fine. I figured it must have been tripped.
6. I replaced the thermal fuse. Dryer worked for five minutes. Seemed to run hot. After five minutes it turned cold. Checked the new thermal fuse and it was tripped.
For some reason the element is overheating the dryer and tripping the fuse. I then did a continuity with one end of the element and directly on the housing to test for a ground issue and got no continuity. Which is good, correct?
At a loss at what to do now? Is it worth replacing the element (just replaced this summer) if everything is testing out with it? Is there another fuse or thermostat somewhere? Can the other thermostat be an issue if it has continuity?
Thanks in advance