I have Kenmore dryer model 110.96588210. For about 10 years it worked flawlessly.
Then, its thermal cutoff started blowing in an unreasonable frequency. Since the hi-limit thermostat must be replaced as well when replacing the thermal cutoff, I now have a collection of about 10 perfect (but useless) thermostats...
The replacement kit is the so called 279769 kit. You can see an example here.
The rate at which this component has been failing is unreasonable, and in my search for explanation I eliminated the following possible causes:
- I verified the the vent is not blocked in any way.
- I verified the lint screen is totally clean.
- I verified that the blower wheel is good.
What possibly could explain a situation that has gotten worse to a point where the cutoff does not even last one full drying cycle?