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How do I fix a Kenmore 80 Series dryer?

I have a Kenmore 80 Series dryer that I bought in 2002. My son pushes the button to start the dryer and it started just fine. When I came back later to restart it the dryer would not come back on. My husband thought that it was the actual button switch that did not stay in the start mode. He thought maybe that switch was broken. He ordered the new switch and installed it today. The dryer still does not turn on. He knows that the power is good because it shocked him a little. What else could it be? I don't think that this is caused by a failed heating element because it would still run but not heat in that situation.

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Dryers , Kenmore , Washers
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I have the same dryer (Kenmore 80 series gas dryer) witha similar problem. Dryer came on and seemed to work normally but did not heat up. I removed the wires from the thermal fuse and taped them together. That did the trick, and the dryer immediately began heating up again. Problem solved, but it raises a new question: Does it matter which wire goes to which side of the thermal fuse? My wires are one red and one green, and I neglected to make a mental note of which one went where.
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May 16th, 2011
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