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Sde5401ayw keeps tripping breaker

Sde5401ayw dryer may run a moment on air fluff. any heat cycle trips circuit (30amp) breaker immediately. breaker replaced, no change. running again on air fluff after sitting a while.

do i replace heating element?

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Ck the element if the breaker poping as soon as you use heat dead short eather element are wire going to it

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