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Electric Dryer Heating Element

I read you tutorial on Dryer Runs but no heat and I have tested everything. If my heating element checks in around 2-3 ohms is that a sign that its bad? Obviously infinity would indicate a discontinuity but would a reading this low indicate a bad element? Symptoms were long drying times when unhooked from vent, and real long times when hooked up. I had the dryer opened up and started it with a damp towel and it heated for a minute or two then shut off.
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Hello, yes, 2-3 ohms is kind of low. What I would do is watch the element glow and you should see a solid orange color. Ohms should be around 7. Also, put your hands behind the dryer where you disconnected the vent. You should feel a good amount of pressure. If not, then clean out that tube because it might be clogged. Thanks for your question and best of luck.

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