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Whirlpool dryer the heating element will not shut off. I suspect a thermal fuse but took them in and they said they were okay. I am going to check and see if the element goes to ground on the case as they recommended. Any suggestions?

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There have been many cases in recent months where the heater coil is shorting to the case. In many cases, this issue will only appear when the heater gets hot. If the dryer is getting hot when not running, replace the heater even if it appears good when cooled down. You received good recommendation....

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