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I just replaced the thermal fuse and thermometer in my Admiral international Capacity Plus electric dryer

by Manage My Life Last activity date:
April 26th, 2011

I just replaced the thermal fuse and thermometer in my Admiral international Capacity Plus electric dryer #LNC7764A71. The dryer stopped working and the light was not coming on, although my power supply was just fine. Seemed clear that the thermal fuse had blown. I used the Thermal fuse kit, LA-1053 to repair the dryer. I first opened the front and cleaned out all the lint, which had considerable build-up. Also, I cleaned out the vent and checked that it was venting correctly. All's well. After I replaced the thermal fuse and thermometer following instructions, the dryer now works well and is operating. I successfully ran five reasonably big loads. My question is whether it's normal for the top left of the dryer, just above the heating unit, to get too hot for me to touch for more than a second or two. It isn't so hot as to burn my hand immediately, but I can't leave my hand there for more than a second or two. This is a small area, a bit larger than my hand, at the top left of the dryer immediately above the heating unit. The back of the dryer immediately behind the heating unit also gets pretty hot, and I can't leave my hand there either for more than a second. With the dryer running on normal setting, after about 10 min or so it becomes pretty hot. It cools down fine in the cool down phase at the end. OK? Normal? I can't remember whether it was always hot in this area. The vent is working properly. The clothes are drying just fine. Thanks.

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Joey S
Aaron: It sounds like everything is running normal. It's not abnormal to feel some heat directly above the heating element. Good job..
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April 26th, 2011
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Joey S: Thanks for the good, clear explanation. I've done a few more loads and the top seems a bit less hot than it did at first. The whole top is not hot, just the a small spot right above the heater assembly. Maybe that's OK? When I check the outside vent, I feel the air blowing out strongly. We don't use fabric softener and the door and drum seal look like they're intact. The dryer goes off as soon as I open the door, so seems there's no short? Also, the clothes have been drying well. I'm hoping that everything is OK, and I'm just over worried about this, which is my first-time attempt to repair a dryer?
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Joey S
Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

The number one cause of the thermal fuse failure is the lack of air being drawn through the heater assembly. Based on you symptom the top is getting hot because of a lack of air flow through the heater assembly. The top is getting hot because the heat is rising because it’s not being drawn into the drum properly. This can be caused by a restriction in the venting system, bad door or drum seal or if the blower wheel is slipping on the motor shaft. Also, if you use fabric softeners the lint screen can become covered in a clear layer of fabric softener restricting air flow. Take the lint screen out and wash it under warm running water with a soft bristle brush. The thermal fuse will likely fail again if there is lack of air being draw through the heater assembly.

One more thing, make sure the element is not shorted to ground and staying on when the timer is left on with the door opened.
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by Joey S
April 26th, 2011
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I understand how important it is for your Dryer to be working so that you can do your laundry without any further delay and although your Washer is not working properly, I will be happy to help. While you are waiting for an expert answer, I did mange to find a link that will provide you with more information about your problem.
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April 25th, 2011
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