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Dryer is tripping the breaker

After eight years and no problems all of a sudden the dryer runs for about 20 minutes and then trips the breaker? I have vacuumed out the entire cavity. I also checked the exhaust and everything is clear. Can anyone help?

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I had the same problem and mine ending up being the red wire in the terminal block was sparking cause of frayed wires. Check your plug terminal box on the back of the dryer where the plug goes into the dryer and make sure all screws are tight and no wires are burning.

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Well, if the burnt smell has a tinge of ozone to it, or a tinge of plastic,
(and because it's the only other answer) I'd think that the motor that is turning the dryer drum is the problem.

For some reason, the motor isn't turning fast enough, so it's lugging, that means it's pulling more current, which eventually trips the circuit breaker.

It could be something as simple as lint in the rollers that the dryer drum rolls on. It could also be that there is lint built up inside the motor and it's not getting air through. It could be that the motor's bearings need oil
(you have to be careful with the kind of lubrication, adding too much oil attracts dust and lint and can make the motor bind up worse than it did before oiling.

So- first, disconnect or slide to the side, the belt that connects the motor to the drum -

see if the drum spins/rolls freely- if not check the rollers for binding up with lint, or being worn down so much that the drum is off the tracks.

see if the motor spins freely - if not check the bearings for signs of lubrication- you don't normally use oil- in dusty environments, instead you use dry graphite lubricant that doesn't attract dust.

Also, see if the axle the motor spins on is loose- does it move back and forth in the plane 90 degrees to the rotation- if it does, that can mean the bearings are worn and it may be time for a new motor, or a bearing repair
(not incredibly difficult, appliance repair can do it, I'd guess the local bicycle shop could also)

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