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Model SDE 3606 AYW Doesn't heat up, anymore. I think its about 4 years old..~? Screen is always clean, all venting ducts and tubing replaced, recently. Replacing parts isn't an issue, but I don't have meters and the such, to test other things. Is this a simple heating element problem? Thanks very much for your time!! 11Bravo

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Sound like the heating element is open. Looks just like a toaster coil... look for a broken wire in the coils.

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