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PartSelect Number PS334299
Manufacturer Part Number 279816
Manufactured by Whirlpool
Product Description

Thermal Cut-Off Kit Specifications

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 fails when the heater housing does not have adequate airflow through it; this is normally caused by restriction in the exhaust vent, plugged lint screen, or broken blower wheel. If this part fails, the dryer may not produce any heat. This kit includes one high-limit thermostat with a limit of 250 degrees Fahrenheit, and one thermal cut-off fuse (309 degrees), jumper wires, and new female spade terminals. Both components are mounted on the heater housing, and measure approximately 2 inches long and 1.5 inches wide each. This kit comes in silver and is constructed of metal.
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Troubleshooting
This part fixes the following symptoms:
No heat or not enough heat | Takes too long to dry | Will Not Start | Too hot
This part works with the following products:
Dryer, Washer Dryer Combo.
This part works with the following products:
Whirlpool, Kenmore, Maytag, Roper.
Part# 279816 replaces these:
AP3094244, 2651, 279816, 279816, 279816VP, 3399848, 3977393
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Kyle
July 20, 2017
My dryer is having trouble heating up, or heating at all. Based on what your site is saying it may be the thermostat with the thermal fuse. Does that sound right, and is this what I need to make the repair?
Hi Kyle, your diagnosis is correct. This assembly 279816 is what you will need to repair your dryer, and it is the right part for your model. Best of luck with this repair.

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Steve
February 13, 2018
Okay, i have now replaced thermal fuse and internal bias thermostat. Dryer runs with much heat and shuts off as expected, at end of cycle. Just for diagnostic purposes, i ran the dryer on the air only cycle/no heat. However, the dryer still producing heat. Is this normal? I suspect it is not, do i need to replace other parts as well. Thank you for your help. All the symptoms i was viewing were describing no heat, and it appears as if i have too much heat. Thanks again.
For model number IED4400VQ1
Hello Steve, thank you for your question. I would recommend replacing the Thermal Cut-Off Kit part number 279816. The thermal cut-off turns off the heating component when the dryer overheats, ensuring there is a consistent level of heat at all times. If the unit isn't cycling off properly, the unit will get too hot. I hope this helps!

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Dion
August 23, 2017
Hello. For the past two weeks when running my dryer it shuts off after 5 mins. As of 08-21-17 it will not turning on at all. Could this part fix this issue? Thank you in advance.
For model number GEQ8858EQ0
Hi Dion, Thank you for the great question. The first part we suggest you replace is the Thermal Fuse. This thermal fuse is designed for use in dryers. It is a safety mechanism that stops the flow of electricity to the heating element when a dryer overheats. When this fuse is faulty, your dryer will not start or it will not heat properly and shuts off to soon. This is a one-time fuse, meaning it cannot be re-set, It must be replaced. Hope this helps!

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Micha
July 20, 2017
I am getting no heat but i have continuity and the heating coils have voltage.
Hi Micha, we recommend first disconnecting the wires to the heater and checking them for 240 volts across both. If you do not have the 240, you need to find where you are losing the rest. I hope this helps.

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Kim
October 21, 2017
My Whirlpool dryer does not heat. I found that there was no continuity between the two connectors on the thermal cut off. Would this mean the this part is bad?
For model number LER4600PQ1
Hi Kim, Thank you for your question. Yes, you would have to replace that part if there is no continuity. Good luck with your repair.

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Jonathan
July 20, 2017
What is wiring order for this repair?
Hello Jonathan, the order of the wiring from your motor should go to the heater, then to the thermal cut off, and from there to the high limit, and then to the timer. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

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Larry
February 17, 2018
My dryer heats up in less than a minute. It is hot enough to burn your fingers on the rear of the drum. Changing the heat setting does not appear to do anything. Where do I start, and how can I test the components in question? Thank you!
For model number WED4800BQ1
Hello Larry, Thanks for your question. You will want a multimeter to test a few different internal parts. Replace any that do not show electrical continuity. Also be sure to clean out the venting if that is clogged. Test the internal-bias thermostat, the thermal fuse, the high-limit thermostat, and the heating element. Visually inspect the belt as well for any signs of wear and tear. I hope this helps.

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Brian Engelhard
February 22, 2018
I have an Admiral electric dryer, aed4475tq1. Lately on autodry, it mostly dries the cloths but then i have to use the 20 30 time dry to finish drying the cloths. Basically, the dryer is shutting off just a little too early on autodry. I don't think this dryer has a moisture sensor to clean. Ventilation is good and there is no build up of lint internally or on the filter.
For model number AED4475TQ1
Hello Brian, thank you for your question. The issue is most likely with a thermostat. There are a few thermostats in the unit. With a multimeter, these parts can be tested very easily. The parts you will want to check are Thermostat, Internal-Bias Part Number: WP3387134, Thermal Cut-Off Kit Part Number: 279816 and Thermostat, High Limit 221 F ( Part Number: WP3977767. Set your multimeter to the R X 1 setting. Take each of your meter's probes and touch one to each terminal. You are testing for continuity, and you should receive a reading of either zero or infinity. At room temperature, testing the thermostat should produce a reading of zero. But if a thermostat is tested when it is heated to its limit, a reading of infinity should be produced. We strongly recommend that you test your thermostat at room temperature. If the test you conduct with your thermostat does not produce these results, then you should replace the component. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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Wes
January 6, 2018
Our dryer has plenty of heat and the drum seems to be rotating, but the clothes won't dry. What would you recommend? Thanks!
For model number len2000pw1
Hello Wes, Thank you for your inquiry. We would recommend checking the following parts to fix your issue: blower wheel, moisture sensor, lint filter, drum seal, lint chute seal, and front seal. Also make sure that the air flow is not constricted in any way. Hope this helps!

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Jenny
April 8, 2018
Will part # 279816 work with my Kenmore dryer and do i have to use jumper wire? This part was bought for a previous dryer which i think was wrong and never used it. Thank you.
For model number 66901691
Hello Jenny, thank you for your question. Unfortunately, that cut off kit will not work with your model number. The Thermal Cut-Off Kit for your model is part number 279769. There is an installation video on our site on how to install that kit. Please enter the part number into the site for current price and availability. Good luck with your repair!

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Part Videos
Difficulty: Easy | Tools Required: Nutdriver,Screw drivers
Repair Tip: Determine the cause of the reduced airflow that caused the thermostat and thermal cut-off to fail.

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No Heat
First tried heating element and thermal fuse with no luck. Ordered thermal cutoff and fixed problem. Had I used an ohm meter first I would have determined problem before having ordered heating element and fuse, as both had resistance. I wast just lazy and ordered the took the most common failed components first before taking dryer back off.
  • Vernon from Niceville, FL
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver
  • Parts Used:
    279816
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Dryer would take forever to dry clothes, even on high setting
I ordered all the thermal sensors for the dryer. They arrived two days later and they were the correct parts. It took me about 1/2 hour to replace all three sensors and now the dryer works like new again. My wife was very pleased, so was I.
  • John from Indianapolis, IN
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver
  • Parts Used:
    WP3977767, WP3387134, 279816
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heating coil was'nt heating up and after i change the coil realize the little thermal regulator had to also be change.
I basically took the back offo the drive, then detach
the heating coil. Afterwards had to go back in and
change the thermal regulator an the job was completed.
  • Rube from Houston, TX
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Wrench set
  • Parts Used:
    279816
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no heat
took a couple differant parts to fix the dryer. i ordered one part at a time. i was expecting to wait the 5 days for shipping but i got home from work the next day of odering parts and they were there waiting for me on my doorstep. all three times i ordered. this website is the best site to order parts. i wont go to another website or store if i need to order parts for appliances. u guys have my business for life. thumbs up.
  • Christopher from dublin, OH
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
  • Parts Used:
    WP3387134, 279816, 279457
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Dryer runs but no heat
unpluged the dryer, removed the back panel, I examined the heating coil, it seemed unbroken, so I used a amp meter to test the various sensors. Found the upper thermal sensor was bad, looked up the part and ordered it, had to get the thermal cut off kit to get the sensor I needed. Installed it no problem, put the back back on, and it worked great.
  • Todd from Roswell, GA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Socket set
  • Parts Used:
    279816
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no heat
First, I replaced the heating element which was super easy but I still didn't have heat - frustrating! I then ordered the thermal cut-off kit and thermal fuse. I replaced the thermal fuse and still no heat. Then, I took one of the fuses from the kit and replaced that and finally got heat. There was another fuse in this kit that I still don't know where it goes but right now I don't need it. Had I known (by a volt tester) this would have been super easy to fix, but I didn't have one so it was trial and error. I did find out, however, that if the heating element goes it usually takes the fuse with it. The fuse I replaced (that finally gave me heat) was located in the casing just above the element. I hope this helps!
  • kat from powell, OH
  • Difficulty Level:
    A Bit Difficult
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Socket set
  • Parts Used:
    WP3392519, 279816
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My dryer would shut off and would not dry the clothes
I replaced the thermistor and the thermostat and it fixed the problem. The recommended parts worked just as advertised. This website is great!!!!!
  • Henri from Las Vegas, NV
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers, Socket set, Wrench set
  • Parts Used:
    WP8577274, 279816
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Heating element staying on all the time.
Well - I'd taken my clothes out of the dryer and put them on the pool table and went upstairs to go to bed. I thought at last moment to go pee first and ran back down stairs. Downstairs I smelled the odor of burning lint. When I looked into the laundry room, my dryer was glowing red hot - Sweet! It seems that the heating element was staying on even though the dryer was off. I looked in the various descriptions of myriad failures of dryers and didn't find that one in the documentation at all. So - I replaced the thermal fuse, the Thermal cut-off and the timer. Alas - the replacement timer had to be replaced because the clock motor was defective. When the second replacement timer arrived, it was quickly installed. Long story short - if the timer is in any play mode, the heating element stay on full blast - not low, not medium, but full on chub - and this is whether the fan or tumbler are on or not, door open or not. And so the mystery anomaly remains un-repaired, unresolved and perhaps even, undiagnosed. Note - the new Thermal Cut Off does not cut off anything even when it cookin red hot. Strange.
  • Carl from San Marcos, TX
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
  • Parts Used:
    WP8299781, WP3392519, 279816
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Dryer would not start
My wife was doing a load of laundry when she thought the the dry cycle was finished she found the cloths still wet. When she went to restart the dryer nothing. I did some research online and found the most common problem was the thermal fuse. I removed the back of the dryer removed the fuse and checked for continuity with my volt meter. I thought that I was going to find alot of lint build up. However I did not so I decieded to also replace the thermostat, using the thermo cut-off kit because this might have caused the fuse to fail. I ordered the parts from partselect and they arrived in two days. Partselect has excellent instructional videos on how to make the repair. It was quick and easy and saved the money of just going out and buying a new appliance.
  • DAVID from WAREHAM, MA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    Less than 15 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver
  • Parts Used:
    WP3392519, 279816
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the dryer element was not coming on and looked like it had burned up
i decided to order the new element which was the most expensive part then decided to add the thermostats just incase they were bad because they were rather inexpensive. got the parts in took the back off the dryer located the parts i ordered and simply replaced them with the power cut off to the unit. put the back on and it heated like it was better that new my clothes dry 5 times faster than it did when i bought the thing.
  • Benjamin from Greenville, NC
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver
  • Parts Used:
    279838, 279816
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Model Cross Reference
This part works with the following models:
PartSelect Number: PS334299
Manufacturer Part Number: 279816
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