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Whirlpool 279816 Thermostat Kit for Dryer

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  • Whirlpool 279816 Thermostat Kit for Dryer
  • Kit includes a thermal cut-off fuse, a high-limit thermostat, and an electrical connection hardware
  • Use this kit to replace your dryer's blown cut-off fuse and thermostat
  • Genuine Whirlpool Replacement Part
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Product Description

Product Description

THIS 279816 WHIRLPOOL DRYER HEATING ELEMENT THERMAL CUT-OFF AND HIGH-LIMIT THERMOSTAT KIT IS DESIGNED TO WORK WITH MANY WHIRLPOOL, ROPER, KENMORE AND MAYTAG DRYERS.

  • SPECIFICATIONS:
  • HEATING ELEMENT THERMAL CUT-OFF TEMPERATURE: 309 DEGREES
  • HIGH-LIMIT THERMOSTAT TEMPERATURE: 250 DEGREES
  • REPLACES PART NUMBERS: 2651, 3399848, 3977
  • COMES WITH WIRING KIT
  • DETAILS: THIS IS A GENUINE WHIRLPOOL REPLACEMENT PART. IT IS A DIRECT REPLACEMENT FOR YOUR ORIGINAL THERMOSTAT KIT.
  • From the Manufacturer

    Whirlpool 279816 Thermostat Kit for Dryer. Works with model LER3624EQ. Genuine Whirlpool Replacement Part.

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    Technical Details

    Part Number SET194
    Item Weight 2.4 ounces
    Product Dimensions 4 x 2.8 x 2.8 inches
    Item model number 279816
    Color Red
    Item Package Quantity 1
    Batteries Included? No
    Batteries Required? No
    National Stock Number 5920-01-483-1981

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    ASIN B004XLDE5A
    Customer Reviews
    4.2 out of 5 stars 706 customer reviews

    4.2 out of 5 stars
    Best Sellers Rank #1,624 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
    #11 in Home Improvement > Appliances > Large Appliance Accessories > Dryer Parts & Accessories
    Shipping Weight 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
    Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
    International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
    Date First Available September 24, 2007

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    By Lynda on December 9, 2013
    Sears wants like $35.00 for this. Jerks.

    Here's a suggestion. If your high-limit is bad (NOT the bigger resettable!) you can reset the high-limit fuse by smacking it to the ground. Seriously. Start off with a medium smack, and smack it increasingly harder until you get continuity. There's a "spring" inside it that resets. I'd use a meter, since it's a PITA to test inside the unit. I had to throw mine down on concrete, but it worked, charmingly.

    Then you can order this for cheap instead of getting ripped off by Sears.
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    Whirlpool 279816 Thermostat Kit for Dryer as sold by Seneca River Trading.

    1. I paid Seneca River Trading for expedited shipping and it went USPS Priority Mail from NY 13027 to TN 37923. It took 10 days for delivery but even UPS ground would have gotten it to my door in 3 days.

    2. Seneca River Trading put the product in a padded USPS flat rate envelope instead of a USPS flat rate box plus some bubble wrap. The thermal cutoff had a bent prong and the thermostat had something that looks like a pop rivet that had busted. Both items appear to work OK but the packaging allowed minor damage and only luck prevented them from being damaged enough that I'd have to pursue another replacement part.

    3. The screws in the kit don't thread into the holes on the dryer. Not a big deal as I had plenty of computer screws from PC builds lying around that did fit just fine. But for someone with less spare parts laying around this could have been an issue as the provided screws wouldn't turn more than once until the thread was in a bind and the thermostat was still wobbling around.

    4. I've edited this review 3 times now. Amazon doesn't want me to link to the youtube video that gives instructions for modifying the wiring to use the new part since the old part is wired differently. Please note that the instructions provided with the kit are not clear. Google the part # and watch the video on youtube since I can't link to it from here. With the tools I had stripping the wires and crimping the new leads was a hassle I wouldn't wish on anyone with poor coordination or poor tools. If you are not the Do It Yourself type you'll want a friend to do the wiring work for you or you'll want to pay someone to do it.
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    I have a Sears dryer model, and when I needed to replace this part, I checked the Sears website for the parts I needed. For one third of the price at Sears, I could even afford to make mistakes and still come up ahead by buying at Amazon.

    After replacing just one of the two parts, and have it burn up again in about a week, I realized there was an *orange tag* near the part slot, advising to *always* replace both parts at the same time. So I bought the same kit again, and replaced both parts, as advised.

    I also read that this part can burn out if the output duct is clogged by too much lint, so I also cleaned up the output duct when installing the second kit. It has been two weeks now and the machine still works well. I am a happy customer.
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    The high limit thermistor is not an oem equivalent as it indicates. The temp for the switch is lower than the OEM and will not function. Double check the temperature marked on your oem thermistor before installing this one. I found this out only after the repair man came out and discovered that it was the wrong part.
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    My Whirlpool dryer quit working and at first it looked as though the motor had gone bad as the coils were still getting hot, but the motor wasn't turning. So I pulled the old motor and checked it as demonstrated in a YouTube tutorial. It was just outside of spec, and I bought a new one but it didn't work. I'd visually inspected the motor's fuse, but when I checked it, it wasn't all melted so I assumed it was good. In retrospect, I admit I should have just checked the continuity in the first place with my trusty multimeter. But in my defense, the last time I had to replace a similar fuse on another dryer the damage was visible. I did more research and discovered that a grounded coil can pop the fuse and screw up the motor...wheee! So I pulled the coil and sure enough, one of the ceramic mounts had cracked and the coil was touching the casing.
    The replacement coil I received was identical to the original, except for the fact that the mounts look a bit beefier. I replaced the coil along the thermostat and coil fuse (not to be confused with the motor fuse, which I also replaced)...I probably could have reused the original thermostat and fuse, but several sources suggested that the thermostat can be damaged by the heat of the coils when there is no air flowing...better safe than sorry! Once I got everything installed, my dryer is working good as new.
    Just FYI - the new coils will smell funny for the first load or two, but that should go away pretty quickly.
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    This part works like a charm! The instructions seemed a little cryptic - I felt I was going to break something, but then finally got it . . . it seems the dryer is designed to fit this part (has the outline and screw holes for it) but the original installed part sits at a different angle and is secured by a tab, not screws, adding to my confusion.

    I had tested the thermal cutoff and ascertained that was the problem. The kit also includes a thermostat and all instructions (included, on Amazon and the Web) recommended replacing both. They were right! I did a test BEFORE replacing the thermostat and the dryer definitely ran too hot - probably what caused the thermal fuse to blow in the first place!

    I was very pleased with the delivery time - it only took a couple of days, even via USPS. I am now a hero in my wife's eyes!
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