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my kenmore 500 electric dryer will not start

It was working fine and one day it just stopped. I took off the back and did not see a large amount of lint tied up but everyone said it is the dryer fuse because lint causes it to blow. THe light inside the dryer works. Should I just replace the fuse or are there any other ideas? Also is there a way to tell if this fuse is blown without replacing it?

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scott d
I know it's frustrating when the dryer stops working. Without a model number I will only be able to provide some general information. It's very likely the fuse may be open, especially if there was a lot of lint build up. It's also possible the door switch may have failed, the timer or the push to start switch. All of these components can cause this problem.

To check the fuse normally requires the use of a meter. However, you can also remove the 2 wires from the fuse and connect them together. Before doing this, first disconnect power from the dryer. Now connect the wires together and make sure they do not touch anything. Reconnect the power and try to start the dryer. If it runs, the fuse will need to be replaced. I would not recommend running the dryer with the fuse by-passed, it's a safety feature to protect it from overheating. I hope this helps you. If you would like more assistance, a complete model and serial number will be needed and any additional details will be helpful.
by scott d Earned 3,139 community points in Kenmore
March 8th, 2011
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afritz afritz
Providing the model number to your question will definitely help an expert better your search. If you would like to reply back to this thread I would be more than happy to assist you. Have a nice day.
by afritz afritz Earned 1,258 community points in Kenmore
March 6th, 2011
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