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Hot leg of power supply cord melted

What might have caused this?

dare we risk simply buying another cord and resume operating dryer?

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This is almost positively caused by a poor electrical connection. If the connections at the cord to the dryer are good and tight, check the receptacle that the cord plugs into. Turn the breaker off, remove cover or receptacle, and tighten all connections. If necessary, replace the dryer receptacle along with installing a new cord.

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