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My kenmore 800 series dryer gets way to hot, why is that? how do I test the thermostat/ thermister?

When turned on, the heating coil gets way to hot, like red hot, like a toaster oven. im thinking thermostat, thermal fuse? how do I test? please help!

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You may have lint build up somewhere I side the dryer. You may need to open up the dryer and clean out the old lint.

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