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I think my heating element just burned out on my dryer. It is more than 13 years old and I

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Old 06-09-2010, 06:28 PM
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I think my heating element just burned out on my dryer. It is more than 13 years old and I have never had a problem with it. Tonight I dried a load of clothes that had a chenille blanket in it, the blanket creates a lot of lint, I checked it once and pulled out a bunch but then forgot about it until the load had finished and the lint shoot was packed with lint. I am guessing this would have overheated the element causing it to burn out but am wondering if it could be the thermal fuse instead.


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Old 06-09-2010, 09:35 PM
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You have to have an Ohmmeter to check a few parts for continuity in order to fix the dryer and save some $$$. Let us know when you ready.

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Old 06-10-2010, 06:23 AM
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Yes my husband can perform those tasks, we just have to pull it out and get the back off. I will have to get him to do it on Sunday because I am going out of town tomorrow morning early and I know he won't feel like doing it after work tonight. I read one of your other posts walking someone through this process, you are a very kind man! I will post after he checks everything and let you know what we find. Thanks Gene!
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Gene, I have read your other posts about checking continuity, they were for newer dryers, is there anything that might be different about mine that I will need to tell my husband to check ours? He will be doing it when he gets home from work tomorrow, thanks for your help.
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Gene, Can you give me specific intructions on how to check our machine, the heating element has a connection on either end and there are 2 other things with wires going in and I am not sure which is the fuse etc... I know the machine is more than 13 years old but don't know exactly how old. Thanks!
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sounds like we are having the same problem. is your dryer working on the fluff cycle? How did you find out about a termal fuse? I was told by Whirlpool it might be the heating element.
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