Well, my element is shot. If your element is reading open circuit I would say it isn't worth going to the trouble of opening it up (which is pretty easy though - it is just the 3 rivets to drill out at the rear with a 4mm bit and just pull the case off which just has some thin double sided tape at the front). The wires are riveted to the element and I can't see this ever failing which would be the only thing that would be repairable. The element is very flimsy (tracks on plastic) and not repairable in my view. Where it has let go (the black mark you can see far right in middle) it has bubbled away from the glass and cracked multiple other tracks. I'm not going to waste time attempting to bypass.