No, it shouldn't be on without the dryer running; I'm pretty
positive of that much.
I didn't know they could be shorted to nearby metal and make them
come on, but it sounds like at least a couple of the posters have
experienced it. Interesting scenario, to say the least.
It's also possible that one of the timer switches has gone
haywire somehow, which is a real pain for DIY, so changing the
element, which is pretty cheap, relatively speaking, is probably
the right thing to do, I agree.
Careful: If something's shorting somehow, you could get a
surprise working on it <g>. 220 wiring is "strange" if you're
not experienced with it.
: I've recently noticed that our Kenmore dryer's heating element
will come on
: when the dial is turned to set the drying time, but before the
: button is pushed. In other words, If I set the timer to 40
: whatever and walked away without pushing start, the heating
: continue to be on indefinitely.
: The dryer has no problems shutting down after a cycle, but it
: to have the heating element going if you set the time, but for
: do not start the dryer.
: My questions, are: Is this a normal operation (we no longer
: Manual)? If this is a broken state, is it repairable?