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Replaced bad heating element but the heating unit is still not working. There are two sensors located on the heating compartment. Could one of these be bad. Whirlpool Dryer Ultimate Care II

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Yes they could be defective check with multi meter and replace the one with no continuity sound from meter,no bleeping, make sure power is off

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