FWIW I checked the wire size of the older Whirlpool dryer heating element rated at 5200 watts. As best as I can measure it is 0.054" diameter. The Maytag heating element I am considering using is 0.062" diameter and that element is rated at 5400 watts. Not sure if that is a factor in the life of these elements but when I checked for availability of the older Whirlpool element I was surprised to see that the local supply house had at least 50 of them in stock. They must sell a lot of them !