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I recently converted my Frigidaire Dryer "Model GLER341A52" from a 3-prong to a 4-prong outlet. I matched the color coding, "orange to orange", "white to white", "black to black" and the green ground to the existing green ground. Sounded simple enough; however, regardless of the setting I choose, the heating element seems to run at high intensity and actually makes the top exterior extremely hot to the touch (enough to burn a person). Is there a workaround to lessen the intensity?

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Heres a rule of thum,the white wire always goes to the middle terminal then the two legs one on each side and ground to the g other green or to the cabinet,if that's not the problem it sounds like your hi temp thermostat is not cycling,if you have a volt meter with clap you can put it on amps and clip to one side of power cord to check,you should get from 3-5 amps and then when it cycles off about 1 amp,if you don't you have to replace the high temp thermostat,let me know,thanks-mike

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