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Kenmore Elite dryer won't heat but otherwise operates normally

The Kenmore electric dryers model number is: 110.64992300. The dryer does not dry anything or produce heat. It does everything else its supposed to. I have the service panel off on the bottom and have tested the heat element and TCO. I have a multimeter and used it to do this on the OHM settings. I also used the beep feature to test the thermal cut off switch. I also made sure the wires were disconnected from the TCO, heating element. The TCO gave about .3 miliohms. I also made sure it was a closed circuit by using the beep feature (it does beep). The heat element was pretty steady at about 10ohms. The other thing that looked similar to the TCO beeped as well when I used the multimeter.

Is there anything I am doing wrong or steps I should follow to find out the problem?

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Make sure you have 220V. The dryer will work (no heat) if only getting 110V. Check your thermostats with your Ohm meter. Mkae sure plug is disconnected and you disconnect thermostat wires. Should have continuity. Just because you have checked your heating element and you have continuity that does not mean it is good. How can this be? Easy, sometimes they (coil in heating element) break and arch against the housing or ceramic insualtors (depending on model) and you will have continuity. This just happened to mine and without a visual inpsection of the heating element do not aaume it is good.

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