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Dryer Thermal Fuse – Part Number: WP3392519
Dryer Thermal Fuse
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PartSelect #: PS11741460
Manufacturer #: WP3392519
The Dryer Thermal Fuse (Thermal Cutoff, Temperature Fuse) is a 2 by ½ inch, white, plastic safety mechanism that stops the flow of electricity to the motor circuit when a dryer overheats. If the fuse ...
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Multi Rib Belt - 92-1/4" – Part Number: 341241
Multi Rib Belt - 92-1/4"
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PartSelect #: PS346995
Manufacturer #: 341241
This dryer drum belt (Whirlpool Dryer Belt, Drive Belt) has four ridges, three grooves and is 1/4" wide, and 92 1/4 inches in length. It comes in black and is made of rubber. The belt transfers the ro...
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Heating Element - 240V 5400W – Part Number: 279838
Heating Element - 240V 5400W
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PartSelect #: PS334313
Manufacturer #: 279838
The heating element (Flat Can Heating Element 5400W, Heating Element, Whirlpool Dryer Heating Element, Dryer Heating Element) provides heat to the dryer. It is metal and measures 10.5 inches long, 7.5...
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Dryer Cycling Thermostat – Part Number: WP3387134
Dryer Cycling Thermostat
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PartSelect #: PS11741405
Manufacturer #: WP3387134
This thermostat (Dryer Operating Thermostat, Dryer Cycling Thermostat, Cycling Thermostat, Dryer Thermostat) is used to maintain a temperature of 155 degrees in the dryer drum. The internal bias heate...
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Thermal Cut-Off Kit – Part Number: 279816
Thermal Cut-Off Kit
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PartSelect #: PS334299
Manufacturer #: 279816
The thermal cut-off (Dryer Thermal Cut-Off Fuse Kit, Dryer Thermal Cut-Off Kit) prevents the dryer from overheating when the dryer high limit thermostat fails in a closed circuit condition. This part ...
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Maintenance Kit – Part Number: 4392065
Maintenance Kit
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PartSelect #: PS373087
Manufacturer #: 4392065
The drum support roller kit (Dryer Repair Kit) allows the dryer to tumble properly by supporting the drum cylinder. The idler pulley provides the tension required for a multi-ribbed belt. The belt att...
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Rear Drum Support Roller Kit – Part Number: 349241T
Rear Drum Support Roller Kit
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PartSelect #: PS347627
Manufacturer #: 349241T
The drum support roller kit allows the dryer to tumble properly by supporting the drum cylinder. The kit includes two drum rollers, four tri-rings, and one palnut (or retaining washer). The kit does n...
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Dryer High Limit Thermostat – Part Number: WP3977767
Dryer High Limit Thermostat
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PartSelect #: PS11742185
Manufacturer #: WP3977767
A dryer high-limit thermostat (High Limit Thermostat, Hi-Limit Thermostat, Dryer High-Limit Thermostat) is a switch that is actuated by temperature change. This high limit thermostat acts as a safety ...
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Dryer Door Handle - White – Part Number: W10861225
Dryer Door Handle - White
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PartSelect #: PS11731583
Manufacturer #: W10861225
This white OEM dryer door handle is used to open and close the dryer's door. Comprised of plastic and 6-by-2-inches in dimension, the handle is sold individually and attaches to the dryer door. Your d...
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Idler Pulley Assembly – Part Number: WP691366
Idler Pulley Assembly
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PartSelect #: PS11743765
Manufacturer #: WP691366
This part provides the tension required for a multi-ribbed belt. It also helps the belt rotate the drum and attaches to the idler pulley wheel. If your dryer will not start or tumble, takes too long t...
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Glen
January 4, 2020
My cloths dryer vibrates when it is running. I purchased it in 2017 three years ago. What could the problem be. And what do you estimate the cost of repair. Is this a difficult repair.
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Hello Glen and thank you for writing. A damaged idler pulley, idler pulley bracket or idler pulley tension spring could that vibration. There is a maintenance kit available PS373087. We have a video to assist you with the repair .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTSRvVM6Uck&feature=emb_title If you would like to place an order with our company or inquire about pricing, availability, and shipping, you will have to contact our customer service. You can do so one of two ways: online: www.partselect.com or telephone: 888-738-4871. Thank you.

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Staci
June 28, 2021
Our dryer has stopped drying clothes. It will heat up slightly but will run a whole cycle and clothes still come out dripping. What would be the likely cause? Ty
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Hello Staci, Thank you for the question. We suggest testing the Thermal Cut-Off Kit and the Dryer Cycling Thermostat. With a multimeter you can test the two large terminals on the thermostat, they should read closed for continuity and the two small ones should show an ohms resistance value. We hope this helps and good luck with the repair!

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Linda
June 30, 2021
I think the part I need is ps11746209 the plastic d shape snapped off the timer unit, half is on knob and half on unit .
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Hello Linda, Thank you for the question. If the D shape Shaft has broken off from the switch the Timer PartSelect Number: PS11749831 will need to be replaced. The D shape Clip PS11746209 just fits into the back of the knob so it grips the D shape shaft that has broken. We hope this helps!

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Chanelle
July 8, 2021
The switch stem cover/collar (the white plastic thing) has broken. Do I have to replace the whole timer?
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Hello Chanelle, Thank you for the question. Yes, the Stem is part of the Timer Switch. If it is removed them it is considered broken as they are not suppose to separate. The Timer switch will need to be replaced. We hope this helps!
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Glen
January 4, 2020
My dryer viberats when you first turn it on
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Hi Glen, there could be a few causes, I would check our article here: https://www.partselect.com/Repair/Dryer/Noisy/. Thank you for your question and good luck with your repair!

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Common Symptoms of the WED4815EW1

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Dryer was working, but no heat.
First I unplugged the dryer, then removed the back panel, this exposed most all of the wiring and I could see the heater coils.
Not knowing what the problem was I started looking at the coils and could not see any broken parts.
So then checked the thermal fuse for continuity I removed the two wires from it with a small pair of needle nose pliers, it was held in place by two screws, once they were removed the fuse came out easily, I checked continuity with a volt meter placing the meter on X1 Ohms and could not get a reading.
I replaced with a new one and put it all back together the way I took it apart.
Then I plugged it in and it worked first time, I now have warm dry clothes.
Parts Used:
Dryer Thermal Fuse
  • ANTHONY from CHESHIRE, CT
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
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Dryer motor runs, but no heat
To reach the heating element you only need to open the back cover of the dryer (about 8 nut-head screws). Remember to disconnect the power.

To remove the heating element there are two small nut-head screws. Remove the two electric wires. Then you can pull the heating element away.

You can check the heating element with an ohm-meter or visually inspect it to see if the heating element spiral wire is broken.

Don't hurry to dispose the old element. My model includes a small electric safety part. You'll need to transfer it to the new heating element (that comes without it)..

Good luck.
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Heating Element - 240V 5400W
  • Gadi from Irvine, CA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver
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Dryer tub belt broke
Removed the two screws that attatch the lent channel to the top of the dryer, then lifted the top of the dryer by pushing in on the two locking tabs located at the front , left and right , corners of the dryer top with a small flat head screw driver. The top of the dryer will fold back out of the way. At this point I removed the two 1/4 inch screws that are located on the inside of the dryer front left and right corners that hold the front panel/door to the two side panels. Now I was able to lift the front panel up and set it to the side. The bottom of the front panel that contains the dryer door that I just removed was held on the bottom by two clips that slide into slots on the front panel and did not require any removal to disconnect the bottom of the front panel, just pull up on the front panel. Since the tub was held in place by floating on a seal at the back of the dryer and a seal on the front panel , which I just removed the tub is now free floating except for the two alignment roller wheels at the bottom of the tub. It is easier if you lay the dryer on its back at this point with front of the tub pointing up. I pulled the tub out and cleaned the years of built up lent and removed all the pieces of the old , destroyed, belt. Note, the belt tentioner is located at the front of the motor which on the bottom right hand side. If your belt is broke like mine the tensioner may/will fall to the back of the dryer when you tilt it back, but do not worry. Once the dryer was cleaned up I put the tub back in place , still on its back and made sure the two alignment rollers were in place and rolled freely when the tub was turned by hand. Another note, my original belt tensioner did not have a rolling wheel that the belt rode on , but was a semi-circle smooth surface that the belt remained in constant friction with when the dyer was running, so I made sure the replacement tensioner I ordered with my new belt did have a rolling wheel that the belt would ride on, which I believe will reduce wear and extend the belt life. The new belt came with a diagram of the belt and tensioner routing which was helpful. Note: do not take the tensioner wheel off/apart when trying to route the belt. Follow the instructions routing diagram. The tensioner is held in palce by inserting the bottom back half into the slot in the bottom floor of the dryer making sure it is aligned with the belt pully on the shaft of the dryer motor. The dryer is still on its back side. Now, it was easier for me to route the belt around the center of the tub, following the marks from the original belt, and hold in in place in a few spots with masking tape and then route it thru the tensioner and onto the front pully of the motor. Make sure you have the grooves of the belt against the tub and the grooves are aligned with the pully on the motor. Now you can remove the masking tape that was holding the belt around the tub and spin the tub by hand watching the belt making sure it is not in a bind and is traveling around the motor pully , tensioner and tub freely. Make sure the tub is still sealed on the back side wall. As you turn the tub by hand you can adjust the belt by hand so that is following the original marks around the tub left by the orignal belt. Also double check the two alingment rollers and make sure they are spinning and on track. Now put the front panel with the door on by sliding it onto the two clips that are one the bottom at each side and put the two screws in that hold the front panel to the two side panels. Now stand the dryer back up and spin the tub by hand again making sure it has a good seal on the back side and on the front panel. Pull the top back down and put the two screws in that hold the lent channle to the top. I am not sure when the belt started failing on my dryer, but was amazed at how quiet it runs now. Guess I was use to the extra noise made by a dryer that was about to die. This was a cheap and easy repair and glad I did it myself.
Parts Used:
Idler Pulley Assembly Multi Rib Belt - 92-1/4"
  • Ray from Denton, TX
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers, Socket set
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