Question about Kenmore Elite HE4 Electric Dryer
My 5 day old Kenmore elite dryer is tripping the circuit breaker after 20 minutes when it has about 9 or 10 towels in it. This has happened on three separate occasions. Only with towels. I've had it full of clothing and no problems. Anyone else have a similar experience?
If the dryer trips the breaker right away its a problem with the dryer if its after a while its the breaker. call an electrician to make sure the wires are secured tight to the breaker and the breaker is rated correctly. i can almost guarantee its the breaker.
Posted on Mar 21, 2007
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Mar 29, 2012 | Dryers
The circuit breaker may be tripping because of a fault with the dryer or it may be a fault with the circuit breaker being weak.
From the description you give the circuit breakers trip frequently.
I'd suggest you first try selecting the no heat air fluff cycle and run it to see if the breaker trips. If the circuit breaker doesn't trip in air fluff then there is likely a short in the heating element.
With a clamp-on amp meter you can read the amp draw of the dryer when it is heating. With the motor and element both working you would see approximately 25-26 amperes being drawn. The breaker is rated at 30 amps. If the breaker trips and only 26 amps are being drawn then the breaker is the problem.
Try the air fluff cycle first and see if the breaker will trip. Then with additional details I may be able to help you further.
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