I am having trouble finding information about the fuse that keeps blowing on my GE Dryer (model#: GTDS560EF0WS). It is a 30 amp ceramic fuse located on/next to the terminal block where the plug connects to the dryer on the back of the machine. Without the fuse the dryer will not power on at all. The dryer has a digital display and it won't even light up without the fuse, so all the power is shut down- not just heat. I replaced the fuse and it worked temporarily but after running for several minutes it blew the fuse and shut down again. I don't even really know what would cause this fuse to blow as most information that I see online describes thermal fuses that look very different from this 1 1/4" x 1/4" cylinder. In addition, those thermal fuses seem to be closer to the heating element or blower to shut down when the dryer is too hot.
Here are some steps I've taken just trying to find anything unusual...
- I've inspected the whole dryer pretty much inside and out and see nothing that catches my unprofessional eye.
- I've tested the plug and outlet with a multi meter and power seems to be flowing at normal levels.
- I tested the continuity of the High Limit Thermostat at both room temperature and while heating it up. It connected normally at room temperature and shut down somewhere between about 275-300 degrees (it's a rough estimate as I was using a rudimentary system I saw on Youtube placing the thermostat on a griddle to raise the temperature).
- I checked the airflow of the vent and it does not appear to be blocked.
- It is not tripping the circuit breaker (in the house).
If anyone could help me figure out what else to look for or point me in the right direction, I would appreciate it greatly!