Dryer wouldn't dry -- motor would turn

ApplianceKitchenAid Dryer


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair15 - 30 mins

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Nutdriver
Screw drivers

Bill From Portland, TN

Nov 30, 2013

I'd replaced the heating element on this dryer before, and I figured that was the same issue this time; however, once I opened the element container, I found no broken wire in the element. I verified this by a continuity test. So, it had to be either the fuse or the thermostat. I ordered the thermal cut-off kit, which had both the fuse and high limit thermostat and I replaced them by removing the wiring, then removed the devices (a couple of screws on each). Since I had the kit already, I just replaced them both. I'd replaced the heating element when I was inside the first time. After replacing the back of the drier, I reinstalled the vent pipe (which was the most difficult part) and returned the dryer to its closet. The dryer immediately started up and heated. I've replaced the element twice before (easy job) but this time I also had to replace a bad fuse/thermostat. After 20 years of service, I figure somethings just wear out, and it's usually the element. Now it had a new fuse and thermostat, too.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Thermal Cut-Off Kit

Part Number: PS334278

In Stock

Heating Element - 240V

Part Number: PS384349

In Stock