The thermal fuse is mounted on top of the blower housing if I remember correctly. It has to be a design flaw. The vents are clear, short run. Elbow out-up 4 feet-elbow out the wall. Most of the common parts for these dryers are slightly different than standard Whirlpool/Maytag. Belt, idler pulley etc. Oh yeah, to get inside is easy. Putty knife to flip the lid.