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How to determine if a heating element in a dryer is bad?

I have used a multimeter to determine if the coil is bad. If i just touch the coil with the multimeter prongs..I get no reading. Once I manipulate the heating element coils, I get a reading. Is this an indication that the heating element is bad?

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With the power off, touch the two meter leads to either side of the element on the ohms scale, lowest setting (R x 1) or if digital 0-600 ohms. If element is goo, it should read around 12 -15 ohms depending on the wattage rating. If you wiggle it and you get a reading , it's damaged and needs to be replaced. It's broken in two and just touching.

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