Hello Jeff, I finally took the Kenmore dryer apart that I referred to in my earlier email and was able to remove the heater element. There were no obvious breaks in the coil and I checked it with an ohm meter and received a reading so I assumed that it was fine. I then checked the two gadgets to the left of the element with the ohm meter by pulling off one wire and testing with the other terminal and got a reading on the first gadget ? And then checked the second one the same way and did not get a reading so I removed it, it's a small white flat object with two terminals and it says microtemp on it. I checked the two terminals and then got an ohm reading. Any suggestions?