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Clothes Dryer Not Working?

Updated on May 22, 2017

Checking the Thermal Fuse

Check the Thermal Fuse with a Multi Meter
Check the Thermal Fuse with a Multi Meter | Source

Remove the Back Cover of the Clothes Dryer

Most Common Reason Clothes Dryer Quit Working Properly

It's as Simple as Replacing a Fuse

Odds are that's the reason

75% of the time, a clothes dryer will quit producing heat because of a blown fuse. That's correct. If your clothes dryer will still spin and even blow air but there is no heat present, chances are it's a blown fuse. Honest.

More modern clothes dryer come with a built-in safety feature that is designed to prevent fires caused by a built of lint and continuous heat being blown on it. Sometimes, (back in the day) cleaning out your lint trap wasn't enough. So a THERMAL FUSE was installed to prevent a fire in case a built-up of lint was being unknowingly collected in a place unseen by its operator.

Locate the Thermal Fuse

This brand/model has one screw to secure its thermal fuse. Some may have two.
This brand/model has one screw to secure its thermal fuse. Some may have two. | Source

Follow These Simple Steps

Removing the Thermal Fuse

Simple Steps

  1. Step 1: Make sure to shut off the power. Unplug the dryer to disconnect electrical power.
  2. Step 2: Remove the back panel carefully
  3. Step 3: Remove the blown fuse
  4. Step 4: Carefully install the new thermal fuse
  5. Step 5: Reattach the back panel properly
  6. Step 6: Plug in the dryer
  7. Step 7: Don't forget to clean the exhaust vent

The Thermal Fuse

Thermal Fuse for a Maytag Brand Clothes Dryer
Thermal Fuse for a Maytag Brand Clothes Dryer | Source

Removing the Thermal Fuse

Sheet Metal Screws

Using a Socket Set

Time to use those tools

Most brands have sheet metal screws that secure the back metal covering. You're going to need a socket set to remove these. Not a problem, in fact, you may find it easier than the more conventional way using Phillip screws.

After the back metal covering is removed, locate the thermal fuse. Some may have one or two sheet metal screws securing it in its place. On this particular brand (Maytag) there is only one sheet metal screw being used.

Disconnect the wires and after the sheet metal screw is removed, BE CAREFUL because the thermal fuse will slightly flip out towards you.

Not a BIG deal if you drop the old one, just don't drop the new THERMAL FUSE!


Maytag Centennial Clothes Dryer

This Hub was written directly for this brand/model but others may be similar with minor differences.
This Hub was written directly for this brand/model but others may be similar with minor differences. | Source

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