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Is it possible for a heating element to get to hot. Mind

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Is it possible for a heating element to get to hot. Mind appear to get white hot during the wash cycle?
JA: What's the make and model of your washing machine? And can you guesstimate how old it is?
Customer: It is a Whirlpool. Don't have model # . About 9-10 years old. Thx.
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: Possibly, but didn't know if that is normal. Thought there was a fuse somewhere to protect unit? Don't want to start a fire
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: I think that is it
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  Joel Swenson replied 1 month ago.

Hello sorry to hear you are having trouble, I'm Joel and will be glad to help you today.

There is a NTC Sensor, ( A thermostat) that cuts the element on and off based on the the temperature of the water and also the inside the heating element there are fuses that will blow if and kill the element at a certain amp draw to avoid that issue. The element is probably just getting old so its turning that color when its heating, nothing to worry about.

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Expert:  Joel Swenson replied 1 month ago.

Hi there,
I see the question is still open and I have not heard back from you is there something else I can help you with?