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    • Part Number: AP4242494
    • MFG Part Number: LA-1044
    • Made by: Whirlpool
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I had a service tech come to my house and replace the heating element (part no. LA1044) 2 months ago. The dryer has stopped working again, and I have figured out that the thermal fuse is definitely bad. I disconnected the 2 white wires going to the fuse, temporarily connected them, and the dryer works. My main question for you, is the thermal fuse normally included with the purchase of a new heating element? Would there be any reason to believe he replaced only the heating element, but the thermal fuse was not replaced? And if this was probably a thermal fuse that was only 2 months old - would I be out of line to expect the repair tech to replace this part free of charge? Thank you in advance

Chris for Model Number HYE3657AYW

ANSWER Chris, The heating element does not come with the thermal fuse. The heating element will come with the hi limit thermostat. You would want to replace the thermal fuse and also check to make sure that the dryer venting is clean from the blower wheel all the way to the outside of the home. A clogged vent would be the most likely cause for the thermal fuse to fail. 

Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com   |   Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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