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How do you remove a thermal fuse from a Kenmore dryer?

Last Updated: 24th February, 2020

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Instructions
  1. Shut off the power. Unplug the dryer to disconnect electrical power.
  2. Remove the back panel. Move the dryer forward and use a 1/4-inch nut driver to remove the screws from the back panel.
  3. Remove the fuse.
  4. Install the new thermal fuse.
  5. Reattach the back panel.
  6. Plug in the dryer.
  7. Clean the exhaust vent.

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Keeping this in view, how do I know if my thermal fuse is blown?

Touch the left multimeter lead to the left side of the thermal fuse; touch the right multimeter lead to the right side of the fuse. Keep an eye on the multimeter needle; a needle that fails to move indicates a blown thermal fuse. If this is the case, don't fret: thermal fuse replacement is a simple task.

Secondly, why my Kenmore dryer won't heat up? Another possible cause for a dryer not heating up could be attributed to a faulty thermal fuse. Once a dryer's thermal fuse has blown, it is no longer of any use. If your dryer's fuse is blown, you will have to replace it. Open up your dryer's cabinet and locate its thermal fuse so that you can test it.

Beside above, will dryer run with bad thermal fuse?

The thermal fuse (also called a thermal cutoff) on a dryer is a safety that will blow if the dryer has overheated. When the fuse blows it can cause the dryer to run but not heat, or to not run at all. If you have a bad thermal fuse, make sure address why the dryer was overheating.

Does a Kenmore dryer have a fuse?

The thermal fuse is a safety component that trips if the air flowing through the dryer drum overheats. These steps work for replacing the thermal fuse on Kenmore, Whirlpool, Maytag, Amana, Roper, Crosley and Estate electric dryers with a lint screen housing located in the top cabinet panel.

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Asher Dorribo

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How do I reset my thermal fuse?

How to Reset a Thermal Fuse
  1. Unplug the clothes dryer's power cord from the wall outlet.
  2. Swing the front panel out towards you so that you can look into the compartment.
  3. Aim a flashlight at the flat-can-like component to locate the blown thermal fuse.

Evgeny Kurray

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How much does it cost to replace a dryer thermal fuse?

Replacement thermostats can cost as much as $50. Also check the thermal fuse; if it has blown, a replacement fuse costs about $10.

Jenni Sieberz

Pundit

Do Kenmore dryers have a reset button?

There is no reset button on your dryer. I recommend locating the two (2) house circuit breakers dedicated for the dryer and reset both circuit breakers by flipping them both OFF and ON 2-3 times and then check to see if the dryer will start.

Onan Mitterweger

Pundit

Where is the dryer thermal fuse located?

Thermal fuses are installed on the dryer's exhaust duct. Typically, you must remove the back panel of a dryer to access the fuse. Ensure to shut off electrical power to the dryer before attempting to locate and troubleshoot the fuse.

Aisam Reviejo

Pundit

Where is the reset button on a dryer?

Many dryers are equipped with a reset button on the control panel. If the motor won't run, let the dryer cool for about ten minutes. Then push the reset button. If there are no problems with the motor, switches, or electrical system, this should restart the dryer.

Jacqui Atela

Pundit

How do I test my thermostat?

Thank goodness it is much less expensive to replace a thermostat than your central heat and air unit.
  1. Check your thermostat to make sure it is in the "On" position.
  2. Stand at the thermostat while an assistant stands at the furnace.
  3. Raise the thermostat heat settings slowly.
  4. Turn off the breaker to your furnace.

Gurjinder Scheepers

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Why does my dryer have no power?

If your dryer won't start, the most likely causes are a lack of power, a defective door switch, a blown thermal fuse or a bad start switch. Open the dryer door and check if the light inside the dryer turns on. If it doesn't turn on, check your power cord and the house circuit breaker.

Qiu Pazuengos

Teacher

Are all dryer thermal fuses the same?

All dryers sold in the United States are legally required to have a thermal fuse. This is different from the electrical fuses that are found in many appliances, and a dryer might have both. A thermal fuse will blow when the temperature gets too high, not when it's drawing too much current.

Petra Abulkhanoff

Reviewer

How do you troubleshoot a dryer?

Problem: Dryer Won't Start
  1. The door latch may not be engaging. Check the latch for lint and clean it completely so that the door closes properly.
  2. Check the power supply, including fuses and circuit breakers.
  3. Check the dryer's internal thermal fuse.
  4. If you have a push start knob, it may not be engaging correctly.

Wesley Ilyuhin

Reviewer

How do you test a dryer fuse?

How to Check a Dryer Thermal Fuse
  1. Unplug the dryer and remove the front access panel.
  2. Locate the blower cover--it's the large object facing you at the bottom of the dryer.
  3. Remove the wires from the thermal fuse terminals to test it.
  4. Set your multimeter to the R x 1 scale and touch the leads to the thermal fuse terminals to test for continuity.

Edisson Grubel

Reviewer

What causes a thermal fuse to fail?

The leading cause of thermal fuse burnout is obstructed airflow. Check the exhaust path for excessive lint or debris all the way to the exit point of the exhaust pipe. Check the blower wheel to make sure it isn't broken or clogged up. This can be done by using "cool down" or "air fluff" mode.

Kiriam Kluthen

Supporter

Why is the dryer blowing cold air?

The cycling thermostat normally controls the on and off of the heating element. If the cycling thermostat is stuck in the open position, the dryer blows cold air. In some cases, the high-limit thermostat is a thermal fuse; if this thermal fuse has burned open, the dryer blows cold air.

Janneth Peacock

Supporter

How do you remove wires from a thermal fuse?

Get a flat screw driver of the correct width. Place it between the fuse body and the female connector bottom, then twist the screw driver forcing the connector up. You may have to work back and forth (side to side) to get it high enough so it is loos. Do not pull on the wires as you might pull the female connector off.

Viktoriya Tunks

Supporter

How many amps is a dryer thermal fuse?

The 10 amp fuse and thermal fuse are two completely different parts. The thermal fuse monitors temperature while the 10 amp fuse measures current. Cleaning the lint out and vents is the best thing to do following a blown thermal fuse.

Sherise

Beginner

How long should a dryer last?

eight to 12 years

Heiko Mohler

Beginner

How do I open the Kenmore dryer control panel?

How to Open a Kenmore Dryer Panel
  1. Unplug your dryer from the electrical outlet.
  2. Open the lint trap cover if there is one and remove the lint trap.
  3. Grasp the top of the dryer firmly with one hand on either side and pull toward you sharply and then lift up slightly.
  4. Look at the back of the machine.
  5. Gently lift up on the top of the machine.

Noeli Basinsk

Beginner

How do I reset my Kenmore he4 dryer?

There is a way to hard reset the dryer.

I have a Kenmore Elite HE4 dryer, but many work the same way.
  1. Unplug the dryer for at least 1 minute.
  2. Plug back in.
  3. Open and close the door 6 times within 12 seconds.

Jammie Bim-Bad

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What does f01 mean on a Kenmore Dryer?

The F01 indicates a failed electronic machine control board. This error code can sometimes be caused by a glitch or power surge through the electrical lines. You may be able to clear this code by unplugging the washer for 5 minutes.

Raelene Benitez

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How do I turn off the control lock on my Kenmore dryer?

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