My 14-year old Kenmore Laundry Center Dryer, Model #417.98702891, shut off in mid-load the other day. Internet research led me to believe it could be the thermal fuse. I first checked the vent lines and they are clear, so I proceeded to disassemble the dryer to replace the fuse. It would appear this model does not have a thermal fuse as I can't locate it anywhere in the dryer.
What I did find is the high limit thermostat. Could this be the issue? Can they over-heat and/or go bad?
Also, it appears that 1 of the 2 legs on the heating element has broken. Will the heating element still work or could this be the source of my issues?
I'm quite handy and am really trying to avoid paying over $250 for a local repair guy when the parts are probably $75.