My electric dryer isn't getting hot enough. It's probably the heating element, this one is like $25 to replace BUT I have another new HE for a different dryer that does fit and looks almost the same but is a different model number.
How safe would running a different heating element be?
If it gets warm when you first start it up its probably not the heating element. The exhaust vent could be clogged causing the hi limit to cut off the heat. Check that first, turn the dryer on and go outside and check where it blows out. If it's not blowing out strong that's your problem.