Here we have a dryers high limit thermostat located on the heater assembly. If the cycling thermostat fails the dryer will revert to using this thermostat creating long run and dry times. A faulty cycling thermostat or clogged dryer vent will cause a dryer to have an issue like this.
When replacing the heating element the thermostat will need to be removed from the element terminal. To do so use a small flat head screw driver and wedge the thermostat wire off the element.
Once the arm is released from the element it will pivot up and out of the way. Also note when testing with volt meter you remove one wire from the thermostat, failing to do so could result in an inaccurate reading leading to a miss diagnosis.
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