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Two days ago, my dryer quit heating. I took the back off and checked for continuity on the thermal fuses

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Old 11-20-2008, 04:50 PM
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Model Number: LER4434AQO   Brand: Whirlpool   Age: More than 10 years   

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Two days ago, my dryer quit heating. I took the back off and checked for continuity on the thermal fuses - I am an electrician. I discovered that part number 3389946 did not have continuity. I replaced the part with part number 3977393. I connected everything, started the dryer back up and blew the thermal fuses.

I purchased kit 279816 - but am not sure whether to connect them, because I do not want to blow another fuse and don't want to waste my money. I tested for continuity in part 3387134 and did have continuity on the outside terminals but the inside terminals I did not have continuity. I took the lead wires off, turned the dryer on and made continuity using needlenose pliers and the heating element still did not shut off.

I am wondering if I should install the kit, or if I need another part...help!


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That kit your got last (279816) isn't high enough it will ast a while but it isn't the correct one for your dryer. You need 279769 which has a high limit thermostat in it.

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Smile what about part 3387134?

Thanks Nat. What about prt 3387134 - or is it working correctly with the inside terminals not having continuity?

Thanks - I really appreciate it
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This is what that part should look like Part Details - WHIRLPOOL Dryer cycling thermostat, L155-25, part number: 3387134 and it only has two terminals.

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My part on my dryer has 4 terminals though. This is what it looks like:
Whirlpool Dryer Thermostat 3387134 [Dryer Thermostat 3387134 A] - $12.95 : Appliance Parts from Midwest Appliance Parts, Appliance Part Service, Chicago, Water Filters, Appliance Parts Chicago
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Is that an original part?

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thats the one that is on there and we bought it brand new.the diagram on theback of the dryer is calling it a thermostat heater 5600-8400 ohms I believe sorry to be a pain I'm just not sure if this is my only problem or what
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Those inner terminals do not have continuity until the unit is heating.

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Does the element itself have continuity?

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yes I have continuity on the outter stabs but nice to know that I don"t need it on the inner one. so you think by changing that thermal fuse that it will fix the problem.it all started off with a clogged pipe and 2 days later here I am still messing with it .Iwant to thank you for all your help
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