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No heat coming in drum

My Kenmore dryer model 110.86878100 is not working correctly. the drum turns and there is air flowing coming out the back. However there is no heat in the dryer. Can someone please help me b4 my husband takes my dryer completely apart. Desperate housewife

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Probably a bad heating element (which he will have to take it apart to see).
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