Hi, it’s Steve from PartSelect. Today I’m
going to show you how to change the thermal cut-off kit on your dryer. It’s a pretty
simple repair and you’ll need a few tools. A quarter inch nut driver, perhaps a pair
of needle nose pliers and a wire crimping tool. Let me show you how it’s done. The very first thing that we need to do is
disconnect the power to the dryer. If it has a plug merely remove that from the socket.
If it’s a hard-wired dryer we need to find the source and disconnect the power there.
The second thing that we need to do is remove the dryer vent. We need to pull the appliance
out because all of this repair is going to be done from the back. Now we need to remove all of the screws holding
the back panel on. On this model there are nine quarter inch screws. The location of the thermal cut-off kit’s
two components located here and here. Ok, the first thing we’ll do is change this
top one. Remove the two wire terminals. Inspect them to make sure they are good and clean.
Remove this quarter inch screw. Lift the thermostat out of the housing, note the little tab that
holds it in place and replace it with the new one. Locate the tab in the hole and we’ll reinstall
the screw. Replace the two wires, make sure they are firmly seated on the connectors and
we can move on to the second component. To replace the lower thermostat we need to
first remove the two wire terminals. Lift the thermostat off of the terminal on the
heater and pivot it out. If your thermostat looks like this with an external wire attached
we need to make some modifications for the replacement part. Our replacement thermostat looks like this.
Now it will mount in place, there’s provision for two screws. Install the large terminal
wire to one end of the thermostat. The kit comes with a jumper wire which has a large
terminal on one end that will connect to the element. On the other end it has a smaller
quarter inch terminal. If your old thermostat had this small wire on it we need to cut this
and crimp one this dual male-female terminal in its place. First we need to strip a little bit off the
end of this wire, about a quarter of an inch. Take our terminal, insert it fully inside
and we’ll take our crimpers and firmly connect the male-female connector to the end of the
jumper wire. Now we’ll take the small orange wire and
we’re going to cut the end off of that and install a quarter inch spade terminal on it.
Again we’ll strip about a quarter of an inch and we’ll crimp the terminal on. Make
sure we have a firm crimp, nice and secure. We’ll install the large end of the jumper
wire on to the element terminal. Install the new crimped end on to the thermostat and our
third orange wire will go on to the male terminal on that. The last thing we need to do is put our back
panel in place. And that’s just how easy it was to change a thermal cut-off kit on
your dryer. Thanks for watching and good luck with your repair.