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PartSelect Number PS11741460
This part is a one-time use thermal fuse which attaches to the blower wheel housing of your clothes dryer. It cannot be re-set and must be replaced when continuity between the pins is no longer present. Terminal size is 3/16".
This part works with the following brands: Whirlpool, Admiral, Estate, Inglis, Kenmore, KitchenAid, Roper, Maytag, Crosley, Jenn-Air, Hardwick, Magic Chef, Amana, Caloric & Glenwood.
This part fixes the following symptoms:
I opened the front lower cover to get the schematics. Looked for the most probable part that was bad. Then traced wiring from the gas solenoid to find the thermal fuse.I opened the back. Took the two wires off the thermal fuse and put my Ohm meter from terminal to terminal. As I got no reading, I ordered a new fuse. It took about 5 minutes to replace and button the dryer back up. This is the second time I have had to replace this fuse.
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First I pulled the dryer away from the wall, after which I disconnected the power and dryer vent. I then removed the eight screws holding on the back of the dryer. Next, I disconnected the two wires to the part and unscrewed the mounting screw. I then removed the bad part, replaced it with the new part, and reversed the above steps.
First removed the wires with a flat head screw driver then removed the screw that holds the fuse in place with a socket wrench. I then replaced the fuse in reverse order. The thermostat was a little bit harder to reach but I removed the wires with a flat head screw drive then removed the two screws that hold it in place. I placed the new thermostate and did the procedure in reverse. I have to say this company gets the product to the consumer in very quick manner. I order the part on Tuesday and had it by Thursday morning before lunch. I highly recommend this company. As far a fixing the problem figured out it was the heating element, so I ordered it on Wednesday had it by Thursday at noon. I was a little more difficulty to replace but was simple after I got started. First I removed the bracket holding the front of the element (2) screws, unscrewed the single screw holding the element in place. Pulled out the element, cleaned out the lint and undid the wiring. Placed the new element in reverse order and had heat. It works great, heating like it was new. Saved me over 600.00 for a new one and I spend a little less than 100.00 dollars for the repair and a little of my tme.
I read troubleshooting tips from other users of this website. This website had all the information I needed to accomplish the repair. I unplugged the dryer, then tipped it onto its front. I then used a nut driver to remove the dryer backing. After removing the dryer backing, I used the same nut driver to remove the heating element cover since it was the part I initially suspected. The same size nut driver worked on all the parts. Per recommendations I read on the site, the first thing I did was a continuity check on the heating element. It was good. After reviewing some input from this site, the next best step seemed to be replacing the Cycling Thermostat. I ordered and installed it, but it didn't fix the problem. The cool thing? PartSelect.com got me the part within a couple of days. So, I came back to PartsSelect.com and ordered the next two cheapest parts (ordered two parts at once to save on shipping and handling). The parts came within 4 days. I used the Thermal Cut-Off Kit in its entirety and the problem was fixed! THANK YOU PARTSSELECT. Here's an impact statement: The day after the dryer had stopped working, I called a repair shop. They told me that if they came out that day, the cost would be $85, plus parts, plus labor. I figured that would run around $140 - $150. Total for PartSelect.com? Around $60 (including shipping and handling) -- and I didn't even use all the parts I ordered.
The major issue was getting the dryer out and cleaning it all up. That's what took the time but it was worth it to clean out the lint in the ducts, etc.. Putting the thermal fuse was a snap thanks to the great feedback received when I got this web site and read the previous responses.
It took me 5 minutes to find PartSelect's site, read the comments about the most common problems and identify the solution. The exploded views were a great assist, as it wasn't obvious where the thermal fuse is located or which access panel to remove. It took less than 5 minutes to remove the rear panel and install a temporary jumper to verify the blown fuse was the only issue. With the new fuse in hand, replair took another 5 minutes.A word of caution to anyone replacing is fuse - I found that the exhaust vent pipe to the wall was full of lint and nearly blocked. This is a potential fire hazard. While enough air was passing through the flapper vent to make it look like it was OK, the exhaust resistance is what caused the overheating and made the fuse blow. I spent more time cleaning out the vent pipe than replacing the fuse, for a total of 25 minutes. I strongly urge all dryer owners to physically inspect the exhaust duct annually.PS Drying time has decreased by 30-40% since the repair.
Went to literature for info only to find that there was no electrical schematic or part numbers given for repair. Disconnected vent and removed back (6 hexhead screws). Removing and testing my parts then matching the parts with pictures found on parts select and using the numbers found on the parts, was able to order a new thermal fuse and also replace the cycling thermostat. Tested the unit, replaced the back with screws, cleaned & connected the vent then went on to start dirtying more clothes.
There was no heat but the dryer would operate properly in all other functions. I checked the ignitor (gas dryer) with a meter and it was okay. I traced the circut back and ended up at the thermal fuse and it was "open" I jumped it out and the dryer started to work. I knew the problem was the thermal fuse but more importantly why did it blow. Further investigation showed excessive lint in the duct. Needed to take the exhaust system apart and clean out the lint. also replaced the flexible dryer (too difficult to clean) and to make sure that I didn't over work the high/low thermostat and would be doing this repair again in the near future I replaced that also. Be careful and do not jump out the fuse and use the dryer as this will cause a fire. I did it to prove the problem only... Dryer works well again and we will probably get another 5 years out of it!Alhrguy@comcast.net
The repair, replacing the thernal fuse was easy, just one screw and then remove and replace by disconnecting and reconnecting two wires. It did take a bit of time to find which part was defective. I first removed the back panel and front panel and the drum to get at the igniter and flame window. I checked continuity of these parts as well as the gas solenoids and they all checked out ok. The thermal fuse was last on my list. It read as an open circuit. I temporarily jumpered the two wires at the fuse and checked that the igniter would now heat up. I spent over one hour removing the ductwork and giving the unit a thorough cleaning with a shop vac.
First I checked for power at the outlet (240volts-power good). I then removed 9 screws holding the back cover. I then turned the timer to run position and pushed the start button this allowed me to hear the timer andvance. So I disconnected power to the dryer and removed the wires to the thermal fuse. I then took a ohms reading across the fuse...it showed open. Removed one screw replaced fuse.
Dryer stopped in the middle of a cycle. I opened the back and traced the feed wires from the power cord. With a volt meter I checked the thermal fuse which is were the power cord goes to first. It had power on the line side and none on the load side. this is the easy fix. Ps unplug unit while tracing the wires. Most of this is done without seeing them very clearly. I should also say I am a licensed Master electrician with over 30 years of trouble shooting.
Took back panel off dryer, unscrewed old part, put on new one. Easy fix. Dryer works great again.
I studied the wiring diagram on the back of the dryer. I diagnosed a bad thermal fuse (no continuity). Found the part online at Part Select. The part came a few days later and I was back in business. Great Service.
How I did the repair is of little importance. What is important and impressive is the level of service your company provides. You must have a fantastic system in place and a team who has bought into the concept of providing the best customer service possible. I have been a Manager for over 15 years and would go home proud and would sleep well every night if my team offered the service your team does. Please share this feedback with them and take the time to shake the hand of everyone who was in the chain of service of this order. Smile and tell them Russell C says well done and thank you. Your team made my life easier and I feel appreciated as a customer of your Company.
This was the second repair I did with the assistance of PartSelect. A month ago the washer had probs too. Both of these were purchased 13 years ago. I moved my residence and in that process, the washer tried to vacate the laundry room due to the tub's unbalance during the spin cycle. I found out what a repair guy was going to charge and it was either dump this one and get a new one or repair it myself. I had never worked on a washer before, but did have some mechanical/electrical abilities. Within a few hours I knew every thing about that machine,,,thanks to the PartsSelect website. The "How to" videos were invaluable and extremely well produced! This spin balance issue turned out to be the "skate plate" which got out of position when the movers moved the machine. This balance prob from what your website showed to me could have been the result of a number of reasons. Bottom line is that not only did I fix the problem, but in the process I replaced a number of parts that needed it; springs, pads, motor mounts and the like. Don't order your parts from those "Roebuck" folks. Not only are they much more expensive than PartsSelect, but the availability of parts and length of delivery/cost was POOR! PartsSelect had my parts delivered within 3 days and saved me about 40% over what the OEM wanted for them. They have a nice tracking program for which I was able to exactly determine when I could expect the parts to arrive. All of PartSelect customer service was "First Cabin!" DITTO for the thermal fuse issue with my dryer. Finally, I would encourage anyone to attempt the repair of their washer/dryer with the assistance of PartSelect. Even if you have minor or no repair abilities. You will find that you will not only be able to fix yours as I have, but you will save a ton of money, re-condition your old unit for a number of additional years,,AND most importantly, have great satisfaction that you yourself did it. My one big caution though is this: Watch the PartSelect videos first before you start to take those cabinets off of the machines. A few steps is all it takes,,BUT if you do what I did and not watch the videos,,,you are going to have those EXTRA SCREWS, NUTS and BOLTS!
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