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Heating element stays on after door is opened

IF there is time left on the timer and the door is opened and the dryer tumbler stops. The heating element stays on and never turns off . Only if the dryer timer is at zero (off position)

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Re: Heating element stays on after door is opened

Possibly something grounding the element to the housing. what brand of dryer do you have? GE/Hotpoint dryers are good at allowing things like underwires from a bra to get into the element area and ground out the element. or possibly the element has broken and the broken end has fallen against the housing. hope this helps

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