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Hi my name is Roger,allow me to help you with this how are you this evening,you are correct there is whats called a thermal fuse located on tthe backside of the rear bulkhead , you should be able to access it from the back of the dryer
I am doing well thanks. I can pull the dryer out from the wall, do I need to take the back off of the dryer?
yes you will
Once I have the back off, where is the thermal fuse located and how do I test it? Is this part readily available? How does it attach to the dryer?
it is a very common part and most appliance parts will have it, to test it either a jumper and just jumper across it or an ohm meter and check for continuity, it attaches with a screw, i believe the one on your dryer looks like a temperature disc its round about size of a dime and has 2 wires coming off it
Okay, I will try to find it now and test it. If the thermal fuse blows, it shuts down all the power to the control panel?
The dryer is a little over a year old, if it is the thermal fuse, is it defective or do I have another problem that will cause the dryer to overheat and blow another thermal fuse?
while your in the dryer clean it of lint in the blower and elsewhere, look for burned connections on wires
to answer your last question better, you are right the thermal fuse blows for a reason most of the time , usually because of overheating , reduced venting caused by lint , clogged air passages in the dryer, partiallly clogged or clogged exhaust pipe,
I'm looking at the dryer now and it appears that I should be opening the top, not the back, does that make sense? Is the top hinged?
The dryer is a new model and has the panel on the front, see this link:
the thermal fuse is a saftey device installed in the outlet air of the drum so it can moniter the dryer temps , the reference material i have stated that the thermal fuse was installed on the backside of the rear bulkhead in the dryer accessible from the rear, if you find it easier to go in from the front or top have at it!have you located your electrical schematic for your dryer ?
item 507 on the drawing is the thermal fuse
item 230 high limit disc
item 500 and 507 a high limit and a saftey
these other drawing and item numbers listed are the other high limits and safteys
I think I am mechanically inclined and resourceful, but I can't find any instructions on disassembling this specific model dryer on the internet, there is nothing in the owner's manual and you have not provided any guidance on opening up the unit. I'm at a point where I have taken the screws out, pryed and I'm afraid I will damage the unit at this point. Unfortunately, I'm going to have to call GE and have a technician come out to repair the dryer.