How Do You Replace the Thermal Fuse in a Whirlpool Dryer?

To replace a thermal fuse, unplug the dryer, remove the back panel, disconnect the wiring to the fuse, remove the screw holding the fuse in place, remove the fuse, and replace it with a new one. Finally, reconnect the wiring, reassemble the dryer, and clean the vent tubing.

  1. Remove the back panel

    The thermal fuse is typically located behind the back panel of the dryer near the bottom of the machine. To locate the fuse, unplug the dryer, and remove the back panel of the dryer with a nut driver.

  2. Disconnect the thermal fuse

    To remove the old thermal fuse, disconnect the wires that are connected to the thermal fuse, and use the nut driver to remove the screw holding the fuse into place. Remove the thermal fuse by pulling it away from the dryer.

  3. Replace the thermal fuse

    Press the new dryer fuse into place, and reconnect the wiring. Remove any visible lint or debris inside the dryer cabinet, and replace the back panel.

  4. Clean the dryer vent

    Remove any lint or debris in the tubing that connects the dryer to the outdoor vent to prevent overheating, as overheating can cause a malfunctioning thermal fuse. Plug the dryer into the outlet, and turn it on to test the function of the new thermal fuse.