Question about Dryers
If your problem has just started to happen ( meaning that it worked ok until recently) .. your circuit breaker itself may be starting to fail. They do have a finite life expectancy and over time, you may experience nuiscance trips. Another consideration is that the wiring coming from the circuit breaker up to the receptacle that feeds power to the dryer may have loosened up at the connection points and when that happens, those connections points become resistive and cause the dryer to require more current to maintain the same power..By requiring more current, you may be exceeding the rating of the breaker.. so those are a few things to check..
If I were there, the first thing I would do is shut off that breaker and open the circuit breaker panel ..make sure the screws that hold the wires to the circuit breaker are snug.. then close that up.. and do the same thing at the dryers receptacle on the wall and the termination points inside the dryer where the power cord connects. After that, I would reapply power and see if the problem persists.. If it does, I would remove and replace the circuit breaker.
One last thing to check might be the drag on the dryer drum.. make sure it isn't binding and requiring the drive motor to work harder ( which means more power demand) to rotate the clothes..
Those are a few areas to investigate.. Hope that helps
Posted on Dec 06, 2008
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