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Whirlpool Cabrio Electric Dryer overheating


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#1 almanzar

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 09:01 PM

My Cabrio electric dryer model WED6600VW0 is overheating so much that the outside cabinet gets warm and clothes are too hot to touch. Initially the dryer would not run and I found out that the thermal fuse was defective.  While replacing this fuse I discovered that the drum would not run with fuse disconnected, but the heating element would come on.  I do not believe this is a safe situation and I'm wondering if the problem with this dryer is caused by something else which caused this thermal fuse to fail in the first place.  I ran the diagnostic and got an F-31 fault code.  I believe this is the code for the thermal fuse, but I'm not sure since I can not find this code anywhere. 

 

Do you think I have a bad electronic board? The diagnostic did not indicate any faults in this board.  I'm afraid to run this dryer for fear to burn down the house if that fuse fails again.  Your help will be appreciated.



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 09:26 PM

... drum would not run with fuse disconnected, but the heating element would come on.
... I do not believe this is a safe situation
... F-31 fault code.

1) a Heater Element that is partially shorted to chassis / ground would do that

2) Heater shouldn't turn ON without Drum Motor running (Centrifugal Switch)
3) are you sure it's F-31 ?

 

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Repair Part List - W10186659
Tech Sheet - W10156037A


 

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 09:48 PM

Thanks, that was it. 

 

I tested the heating element for grounding while outside the casing and it tested fine, but after I put it back in its housing it was showing shorted to the chassis. Apparently the heating elements were touching the casing some how.  After some adjustments the short was gone.

 

I wish I had read your reply before my thermal fuse got blown again.  Back to the part store for another one.

 

Thanks again.



#4 JJ Surfer

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 11:44 PM

You should change the element, unless your 100% sure your adjustments will hold up to years of vibration




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