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Take off the back panel, then to the right is a large vertical metal casing. depending on the age of your dryer, you either:

  1. take off the 4 screws near the bottom of the casing to release the heating element.
  2. older dryers require the whole casing to be removed and the element is slipped out of the bottom of the casing.

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