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When I run our electric dryer on either high or low heat, there is a distinctive smell of overheating. I have had the heating element tested for continuity/resistance and it appears fine. I have also replaced two parts not directly connected to the heating element but that didn't fix the problem. Any advice would be welcome. Thanks.

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Have you checked your airflow vent hose to see if it is obstructed in any way causing it to overheat?

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