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wed4800xq0 overheats -thermal fuse not workn proeprly why

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We can not expect you to get much laundry done when the Whirlpool dryer thermal fuse has an issue. Managemylife.com is the place to go to answers on why this is happening to the dryer. Below, I provided a few links that may help understand what is going on with the dryer, while you wait for an expert response.

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Anna T -
March 12, 2012
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Hi Derald,

Thank you for submitting a question to Manage My Life.

Based on your symptoms the dryer could also be overheating due to a bad door seal, bad drum seal, dirty lint filter, welded contact in the operating thermostat or a shorted heating element. Unplug the dryer and remove heating element and inspect it visually to see if the heating element is sagging or broken and touching the heater housing. If the heating element is shorted to the heater housing it can cause it to not cycle off. Replace the heating element if you find the coils touching the metal housing. If the element is not broken or shorted to ground then it could have welded contact in the operating thermostat. The operating thermostat is located on the blower housing. Disconnect the vent hose at the back of your dryer and monitor the temperatures over several "heat on heat off" cycles. The operating thermostat should regulate the exhaust temperature to an average of 150 degrees. The remaining checks will require the use of an ohm/volt meter and you will have to perform ohm checks and/or live voltage checks. If you have a meter and are confident in your ability to safely perform these checks, reply to this post and I will be happy to assist you further.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

Here is a link that you may use to view the parts list diagram or to purchase any parts needed; Sears Parts Direct .

I hope this is helpful. Check the things I have covered here, and if I may be of further assistance, include more details in a reply to this post.

Landell

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Landell -
Sears Technician
March 13, 2012
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Landell, I am out of town for a couple of days. I appreciate your response. When I get back home I will check the heating element and the contact for the thermostat. Both times the thermal fuse has failed was not when a load of clothes was in the dryer during the drying process but rather when I emptied the dryer and tried to run it the next day. I do have an ohm/volt meter. I am an old farm boy with an engineering degree. Just smart enough to be dangerous. I will check the element when I get back. Thanks again, Darrell

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derald -
March 13, 2012
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Derald,

Glad I could help! Let me know what you find.

Landell

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Landell -
Sears Technician
March 14, 2012
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Landell, This is Darrell. I just finished checking the list of items that you suggested previously. The heating element looks okay. I did check the exhaust temperature and it reached 160+ degrees F. The element never did cycle off. I was able to visually see it while testing the exhaust temperature. I did us the setting "fluff cycle" where no heat is to be added and the heating element did stay "on". I do have an ohm meter. What would you suggest that I do next? Thanks, Darrell

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derald -
April 02, 2012
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Darrell,

Unplug your dryer and then take both wires off the heating element. Check continuity from each heater terminal to the heater box and to cabinet. If the heater terminal shows continuity to ground or the box, you will need to replace the heating element.

Landell

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Landell -
Sears Technician
April 02, 2012
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Landell, I do have continuity to ground. I will order a new heating element. Thanks. I have another question about another Sears washing machine that I own. It is a model LSR9434PQ1. We bought it about 10 years ago. When I set the washer dial to the permenant press washing cycle and it starts washing about half way through the cycle my 20 circuit breaker will trip. If I set the washer dial to the regular wash cycle, the washer will not trip the circuit breaker. Where do I start looking? Thanks, Darrell

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derald -
April 02, 2012
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Darrell,

This is most likely being caused by a faulty wiring, motor issue or a weak breaker. There is not much difference between regular cycles and permanent press. You will need to determine what is happening when the breaker trips. Is it spinning, agitating, or draining? If you have an amp clamp measure the amp draw in permanent press. If you see a spike in the amps while the motor is running and the wiring looks good, you will most likely need to replace the motor. If there is not an amp spike and the breaker trips, you most likely need an electrician.

I hope this is helpful. Check the things I have covered here and if I may be of further assistance please reply to this post.

Landell

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Landell -
Sears Technician
April 03, 2012
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Landell, I have replaced the breaker and it did not solve the problem. It trips out on the wash cycle but I do not know if if is on the agitation or spinning cycle. I will put an amp meter on to check the current draw. I will also check the wiring going to the motor. Thanks, Darrell

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derald -
April 03, 2012
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Darrell,

Let me know if I may be of further assistance.

Landell

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Landell -
Sears Technician
April 04, 2012
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