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Kenmore dryer heating coils stay on when dryer is off

When the dryer stops the coils stay on w/ door open or closed.

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Re: Kenmore dryer heating coils stay on when dryer is off

That's no good....hopefully your house is still standing. Your coil is shorted to ground, so there is constantly 120v being applied to the heating element. It won't get as hot as when running, but because there is no airflow it poses a serious fire hazard.

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If the vent's clogged, that new element can burn out very quickly.
For video and pictures on how to replace the element go to the following website:
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