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Maytag Dryer DE312 Continues to heat

Markle Wildcat

Premium Member
May 18, 2023
Model Number
More than 10 years
A have an old Maytag DE312 that continues to heat after the cycle is over, the timer runs and shuts off, and the drum stops spinning but the heat continues. Where do I start?
Sounds like your heating element is grounded, that will make it keep heating when the dryer turns off, until you open the door.

To check for a grounded element, unplug the dryer and remove the wires to the element, then use a multimeter and ohm test each element terminal to ground(heater housing would be ground), if your meter shows continuity then its grounded. You can also remove the heating element and look at the coils to see if any are touching the heater housing.

Here's the heating element for your model you can order, if its grounded:
Heating Element Assembly WPY303404

Here's the video to access it:

Let us know what you find.
Thanks for the help, I'm going to try and tear it apart this weekend. Now a have a place to start, I would have never thought that it was the element because it does heat. I will check for continuity and update later this weekend.
Ok sounds good, let us know how it goes.
The top part of that coil was in pieces. I forgot to remove the wires from the element before I tested for continuity but one was open the other was not. I assume the assembly is still the fix, that I don't need to replace the other items (thermostat and switches)?
You'd just need the new heating element, that's all.:)
Anytime, let us know how it goes.

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