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Manage My Life

How do I access the thermal fuse in my Kenmore dryer model 110.64982300?

by Manage My Life Last activity date:
March 9th, 2009

How can I tell that the fuse is blown? Is this the only fuse? The manual mentions 2 of them?

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Dryers , Kenmore , Washers
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Lyle W
The fuses mentioned in the troubleshooting on page 7 of your owner's manual refer to the house fuses or electrical breakers for the dryer outlet. If your dryer runs but does not heat, then you could have one of these fuses blown or breaker tripped that is preventing the dryer from heating. The dryer will run if only one of the 120 volt legs of 240 volt power is supplied to the dryer. If the second leg of 120 volt power is missing, then the dryer will not heat.

If the breakers are okay, then I recommend checking the voltage at the dryer outlet using the diagram in the image below. NOTE: You should only check this live voltage if you are completely confident in your technical ability to safely measure it.

If the outlet voltage is okay, then you could have a blown thermal fuse if the dryer is not running at all. You could also have a broken drive belt that would prevent the motor from running. To check these components,

unplug the dryer

and remove the bottom front service panel as shown in the second image below. With this panel removed, you can check the drive belt to see if it is broken. If the drive belt is okay, then you can check the thermal fuse. The location of this fuse is shown in the third image. To check this component, remove one wire (with the dryer still unplugged) and measure the resistance across the leads of the fuse. You should measure near zero ohms of resistance (continuity) if the fuse is good. If the fuse measures infinite resistance (open), then it is blown and would need to be replaced.

If the thermal fuse an drive belt are both okay, then you could have a problem with the door switch, a failed motor relay, a bad electronic control board, a failed thermistor or a wiring failure that would prevent the dryer from running.

If the dryer will not heat, you could have a blown thermal cut-off fuse, an open high limit thermostat, a failed heating element, a bad heater relay, a failed motor centrifugal switch or a wiring failure in the heating circuit. You can check the thermal cut-off fuse and the high limit thermostat in the same manner as the thermal fuse. The thermistor should measure about 10K ohms (10,000 ohms) at room temperature.

These tips may help you determine the cause of your dryer failure depending on the exact symptoms (will not run or will not heat). If you need more help, resubmit your question with additional details about the nature of your failure.
by Lyle W
March 9th, 2009
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