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Unplug the unit and take the top with the screws holding the lid on. Take a look at all of the wires on the top of the machine. You might notice broken/burnt wires on the safeties that are close to or that directly activate the heating element located in the blower housing located at the top of this washer/dryer condensing unit.
An easy answer: gas (natural gas) dryers have igniters, but your electric dryer has no igniter, instead it has a heating element (a zigzag arrangement of wires similar to that found in a space heater). Remove the back of the dryer - the heating element will be enclosed in an air duct that feeds heated air into the drum via a vent at the top back of the drum. If you look into the drum, you can see the vent cover that covers the heated air inlet at the top back of the drum.
If the heating element is getting very hot that means there is no air flow across it. If the drum doesn't turn then the blower is not turning causing the element to get very hot. Could be drum belt, drum rollers, or motor.
the belt is off or broken, changing the belt yourself can be tricky, you must remove the front bulkhead and door/panel assy, then you have to route the belt correctly from th motor to the belt tensioner, you may want to call a tech.
sounds as if your experiencing an air flow issue, check your venting.. it would be normal to see a red glow from the right side vents with in the drum( its heating up after all, and its merely a reflection form the heater located on bottom of frame, no way its gonna heat entire drum to "red hot")
ctwoods, this sounds like the heating element has shorted to the heater can. What that is doing is leaving the element at 1/2 power on all the time. If this happened, then the heat kept going up until it blew the thermal fuse which caused the motor not to run. So check the heater and any fuses in the dryer. You can go to Service Matters for Whirlpool Service Manuals on this model.