How to Locate the Thermal Fuse on a Kenmore Dryer

If your Kenmore dryer has stopped producing heat, chances are the problem lies with the dryer's thermal fuse. A fire-prevention safety device, the thermal fuse is designed to disrupt the flow of electricity to the dryer's heating mechanisms if the dryer temperature reaches a predetermined maximum. Once activated, the thermal fuse must be replaced to restore the heat to your dryer. In Kenmore brand residential dryers, the thermal fuse will be located in one of two places.

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Front Panel Access

Step 1

Unplug your Kenmore dryer from its power source. Make sure that the appliance is unplugged before proceeding.

Step 2

Use a flathead screwdriver or putty knife to remove the dryer's bottom service panel, sometimes called the toe panel. Slide the screwdriver or putty knife along the top of the toe panel until you've located the toe panel clips. The clips are usually located about four inches in from either side of the service panel. Push down on the toe clips with the screwdriver or putty knife to release. Remove the panel and set it aside.

Step 3

Locate the thermal fuse on your Kenmore dryer. Look for the thermal fuse directly above the dryer's motor; it looks like a white strip with two wires, and is usually mounted off to one side. See Resources for a diagram of thermal components.

Rear Access

Step 1

Disconnect the Kenmore dryer from its power source while locating the thermal fuse.

Step 2

Move the dryer away from the wall so that you can access the back of the appliance.

Step 3

Use a screwdriver to remove the dryer's back panel. Set the panel and loose screws aside until you are ready to replace them.

Step 4

Locate your Kenmore dryer's thermal fuse just above the exhaust port. The thermal fuse looks like a white strip with two connected wires.