Thanks for responding. Ive got more questions to make sure I understand what you are saying.
1. In using the multimeter, I touched the red probe to any of the element terminals and the black probe to the element cover and got continuity when the setting was on ACV. No continuiity when set on DCV. Some static type flickering when set on DCmA. I dont understand those multimeter settings, so is what I said I did understandable to you? If so, is this then indicating the element needs replacing? If so, is that an easy to replace item and obtainable from a local appliance service store?
2. If I need to replace the themal fuse, exactly what color wires lead to it typically so I know for sure I know what it is based on about where you state it should be?