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treyster:
I replaced the thermal fuse in my Kenmore electric dryer last week (went bad). It burned out again yesterday so I threw a new one in today. Just noticed that as soon as I plug in the dryer, the heating element starts up without the dryer being started. The thermal fuse must be a symptom and not the problem.

What would cause the heater to start without the dryer being turned on? Clothes are now searing hot. Not a problem with the vent. Obviously it's unplugged right now.

bigbuck:
Heating element shorted to ground, thats what overheated causing thermal fuse to go.

Do you have a model number?
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treyster:
Looks like model 110 62812100 according to the tag. Do you think if the heating element went bad it would start heating as soon as I plug it in?

bigbuck:
Sounds like its shorted to heater casing, yes replace it.

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bigbuck:
Your dryer uses heating element part # 279838

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