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Glowing Red in Dryer

I'm not sure if this is just something I never noticed, or if it is a problem. I can see the element glowing red inside of my dryer behind the screen, only on one side, it is also reflecting red off of the wall behind it. Is this normal?

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The element will glow brightly with the door open because there will be no airflow through the dryer. DO NOT operate the dryer this way for long periods or the element will overheat and fail. If the element glows brightly (as seen from the rear of the unit) with the door closed, it may be an indication of restricted airflow in the exhaust system.

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