Where is the Thermal Fuse of a Dryer Located?
Keep your dryer from causing harm -- and breaking down
By Robert Ferguson
Thermal fuses are the safety mechanism that prevent malfunctioning dryers from causing you harm. Dryers have a safety device that interrupts the electrical current in case of malfunction or overheating. The device is called a thermal fuse or a thermal cutoff, and its location varies based on manufacturer and model. The fuses are round in appearance and about the size of a quarter, thouugh some of them are rectangular. The fuse is a single-use device: Once it trips, it cannot be reset and must be replaced. On some models, the dryer will not run until the tripped fuse has been replaced. On other models, the dryer will run but the heating element will not work until the fuse has been replaced.
The thermal fuse is located in the rear of the dryer. It is mounted on the side wall above the safety thermostat and near the leads, which are wires that connect and provide power to the element. The fuse is located in the same area on Kenmore, KitchenAid, Roper and Estate brands. The fuses are held in place by either screws or snapped in place with clips.
The fuse is located on the side, in the rear of the element can, which is accessed from the front. Most front or back panels of dryers are attached by screws and hinges. Once the screws are removed, that portion of the panel can be swung upward or outward, providing access to the mechanical and electrical parts inside.
Locate the thermal fuse above the large round element pan located behind the drum. The location is the same for GE and Hotpoint.
The thermal fuse is mounted on the front of the rectangular heating element, which is located behind a removable panel on the bottom front of the dryer. This location applies to the Amana brand as well.
Norge, Magic Chef, Admiral and Crosley are brands manufactured by Maytag. Their thermal fuses are located below the heating elements leads.
The style of thermal fuses will vary from model to model, but fuses cost approximately $20 dollars. Purchase thermal fuses from appliance part suppliers or order directly from the applicable manufacturer. A set of screwdrivers, nut drivers and a pair of needle nose pliers are the tools required to replace thermal fuses.
About the Author
Robert Ferguson is a licensed building contractor with more than 30 years of experience, focusing primarily on residential remodeling, repair, renovation and construction.
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