That's pretty much what I thought. Can't be the thermostats, and heating elements do strange things--so I'll just have to decide if I want to take a chance on restringing the element and having it make no difference, or me messing it up since it's my first Dryer adventure. (I did diagnose and repair room AC units in college, but never a dryer..) Glad I didn't buy the thermostats first...actually learned a lot on sites out there and have seen the website w/the parts you attached....Needed you to confirm I interpreted things correctly. I may go with a new unit anyway: what do you own?
More importantly, can i safely use the dryer temporarily? If I do, should it be closely supervised, or do you think it is okay? The unit actually has a sort of brown tinge to it, in the general area on the back--unit is white. I don't know how long it has been back there, and quite frankly the unit may have been this hot all along and i didn't notice it until recently. Also, I cleaned every inch inside the unit, so there's no dust/hair/lint/socks etc, in the machine. Vent's clear, said my prayers, etc. Or should I keep it unplugged and disassembled? I may be able to get a part tomorrow, or in a day or two: there are a few local ma and pa appliance stores w/ service techs and parts, but if I have to wait, whadda ya think?
Just tell me your final thoughts on the above questions/concerns and I'll certainly accept your answer. You've been very helpful.