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Re: kenmore dryer trips the breaker
THE PROBLEM COULD BE THE CONNECTION TO THE BREAKER ITSELF , BREAKERS ARE SET UP FOR CURRENT OR AMPERAGE SURGE AS WELL AS THERMAL IF THE WIRE CONNECTING TO THE BREAKER IS LOOSE IT WILL HEAT UNDER LOAD AND CAUSE THE PROBLEM YOU DESCRIBE , TURN OFF THE BREAKER AND RE TIGHTEN THE SCREWS AND IF THE TERMINALS ARE DETERATED MIGHT NEED TO REPLACE THE BREAKER IF POSSIBLE CUT THE DAMAGED PORTION OF THE WIRE CONNECTING TO THE BREAKER STRIP THE END AND RECONNECT
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If your breakers are old. I'll start by replacing the breaker to the dryer at the box. It is a common failure. Breakers wear out to. Check the power cord for any burnt markings and look at the outlet as well for burnt or discolor contacts. This will overheat as well causing the breaker to exceed the limit and trip it.
A breaker thrown that many times indicates a serious electrical problem. You need to have the problem taken care of by an electrician. You should be worried about the safety of yourself and your family.
That being said, I would guess that breaker has gone bad and needs to be replaced.
I would guess it is a short> possible causes: 1) outlet: turn off breaker to outlet pull cover off and look for burnt or loose wires 2) dryer cord: take back metal plate off of dryer look for burnt or loose wires 3) heating element 4) check all internal wiring for burnt or loose connections
The breaker for the dryer should be a 30 amp breaker, and should only trip that breaker. If it is tripping the main on the panel then something else is wrong. You will need to pull off the panel the the breaker box and pull out the dryer breaker and look to see if it burnt, make sure the wires are tight on the breaker, you may want to try a new breaker also. Hope this helps Tim
unplug dryer, throw breaker on, if it trips then it is not the dryer: outlet,house wire, breaker or panel leg is bad. Next is inspecting dryer cord for shorts, dryer cord connection to back of dryer, heating element, wires inside dryer, etc. Loose or burnt wiring. Here is a website with some helpful info. Hope it helps, Tim:
you did not say how old? but I find that all it takes is one wire to get old, and starts to heat up because electric cant flow through it, then it gets worse and worse fast, then heats up the whole block, till the whole thing gets melted...bad thing is its happens slow enough that the standard 30 amp breaker won't trip during this slow melt down!
first dryer should be on circuit by itself..if dryers runs ok for a while before tripping breaker call electrican to change breaker..change it not ck it ..too many times had electricans tell cust breaker ckd ok but after explaining to cust a breaker can not be ck without load they had breaker changed and solved problem ..not just old breaker but even new ones can cause problems..if breaker kicks as soon as dryer is turned on ck wiring at connection where ac is connected very seldom does any other issues with dryer cause immediate tripping of breaker
If you put a light load in the dryer will not trip the circuit at all. That means heavy load made the motor work harder and over heat, it going to trip the circuit , pretty soon, the motor will be warn out.
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.