I bought a used dryer that had a note on it, "Needs a heater." I dismantled it to troubleshoot. I found a wire to a thermostat or fuse had broken off. It's location is midway near the bottom. I secured it. I had to clean the unit before I could continue. Lint + was backed up in the interior ductwork to where it didn't belong... I checked all the connections. A friend came over and greased the bearings. He reassembled it but missed a hole. It was misaligned. We still plugged it in. It started right up. It was buzzing indicating the end of the cycle. It came without a knob so I used vise grips to set the cycle timer to 5 O'Clock. It ran beautifully except the element does not turn off unless the plug is pulled. If the door is opened the tumbling stops. The element is still burns. If the cycle ends and the dryer stops turning the element keeps burning. Could the filthy ductwork have caused something to burn out? Can't find any info re this old unit. After a while it began to make noise. I figured it was the misalignment.