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MAYTAG DRYER DE-306 REPLACING HEATER ELEMENT

HAVE REMOVED BACK PANEL . CANNOT SEE EXISTING HEATER
ELEMENT IN SPITE OF ONLINE INSTRUCTION PAGE SHOWING IT IN PLACE IN ROUND 'HALO' POSITION....I SEE LARGE DRUM PLUS
TWO BELTS PLUS MOTOR....BUT NO HEATER ELEMENT ISIGHT..

INSTRUCTION SAYS REPLACIT FROM THE BACK, WITH DRYER LAYING OVER ON IT'S FRONT PANEL

THIS IS OLDER MODEL BOUGHT AROUND 1968

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