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I THINK MY HEATING ELEMENT WENT OUT ON MY DRYER. HOW CAN I TELL FOR SURE AND HOW DO I REPAIR IT. IT WILL NOT DRY ANYMORE AND SEEMS TO OVERHEAT. I HAVE CHECKED THE LINT TRAP AND HAVE FOUND NO MAJOR BLOCKAGE.

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First, make sure dryer is unplugged before removing cover. locate you heating element and with a multi meter or volt meter put dial on ohms setting or the setting that beeps when leads are touching together. your heating element looks like a coil of wire. remove the wires connected to each end of heating element. take the leads from volt meter and place the lead on one end of the coil and the other end on the opposite. if you do not hear a continuous beeping sound or no reading on your meter it is bad. if you do it's not. check internal clogg or the thermal fuse located near exhaust duct. the heating element has to be replaced. rwpfn@aol.com

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