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Dryer with no heat?

Heating element in my heater is not heating up. Have looked for loose connection, cannot find one? IS there a fuse somewhere or could teh element itself be broken as the dryer is quite old?

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    Jeff Rockwell May 11, 2010

    Does the dryer turn on and the drum spin? Most dryers have a thermal cut-out and/or thermal fuse that goes bad and causes the no heat problem. This still not rule out the possiblity of a bad heating element, though. Please your brand and model number. It would help in properly diagnosing the problem.

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I have a Kenmore front load gas dryer that dries on normal setting but not on delicates and permanent press anymore, does that mean it is going? It is about 7 years old.

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#7-Heater for low heat. When you select low heat, 110V is sent to this heater that the control thermostat sits in. The heater helps cycle the control thermostat faster, therefore you get less heat than the high heat mode.
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