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Kenmore dryer, heat element ALWAYS on

Kenmore electric dryer, 1992, element wire lead was frail, I replaced it. Now the element heats regardless that dial is off position and door open.
* Note: ThemoFuse & low Thermostat both new. (replaced those 2 weeks ago)

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Good day,
Sounds as if the element inside the canister has shorted to the canister body. You will have to remove the element to check it. I'll include a tutorial on how.
If that doesn't resolve the issue, please reply back.. Whirlpool makes Kenmore dryers.
Jack

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P.S. Look close. It doesn't take much....

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