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The main circuit breaker triggers when i have my electric clother dryer on for while

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    eddie martinez Dec 06, 2008

    yes it the main house breaker but the breaker to the dryer doesnt trigger

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Hello latino,
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
Regards,
Rick

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  • Rick Gelin
    Rick Gelin Dec 06, 2008

    Hi latino,

    I had anotehr thought.. Are you referring to your house main breaker? If so and you aren't referring to the dryer breaker then I'd like to offer a some other ideas.. If your main breaker is tripping and that is happening when you are running your electric dryer and it did not happen previously, did you add any electrical appliances or anything that wasn't powered prior to this problem? The main breaker feeds all of the branch circuits in your house and it is possible that you added some other appliance or electrical load on one outlet and when you put your dryer on.. it exceeds that breakers trip point. If you are sure you haven't added anything else that requires power.. the same scenario could be happening.. The wires on all breakers should be torqued down at the breakers.. The main breaker itself may be going bad.. or you have added more equipment ( loads) in your house that is causing that breaker to trip when you add in the dryers power requirements. I suggest that if you aren't an electrician, you contact one to identify the problem and address it.. You may need a component of service upgrade..

    Regards,

    Rick

  • Rick Gelin
    Rick Gelin Dec 06, 2008

    Then my follow up comments are more appropriate .. You may want to shut off a few electrical appliances.. and cycle the dryer to see if the total sum of all electrical appliances ( loads) is not exceeding the rating on your main breaker. If you can shut off a few things and run the dryer for a while and it doesn't trip the main, you may have loose terminations on the main breaker, a main breaker that is starting to fail and needs replacement.. or house service needs to be upgraded to provide power for your existing power requirements.. An electrician may be required if you aren't trained in this area.. Good Luck..

    Regards,

    Rick

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