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Kenmore electric dryer throwing breaker

It will run for 10 minutes and throw the breaker, it heats fine, the timer works, and i just replaced the heating element.

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Re: kenmore electric dryer throwing breaker

Might not be a dryer problem. Following assumes that the breaker that's going is an overcurrent device (something in place of a fuse - what we in the UK usually call an "MCB") rather than an earth leakage circuit breaker. MCBs often have two trip devices - an electromagnetic trip which protects against major faults, and a thermal backup which protects against chronic overload. It could be that you're cooking the thermal element. How much current is the dryer meant to take? (Calculate by dividing power consumption in watts by supply voltage). Is there anything else coming off the same circuit breaker at the same time? Calculate the current drawn by the other loads, and add them all up. If the total current is more than the rated current of the breaker, not only have you found the likely source of your problem but also you've identified that you are overloading your wiring (finding this out is a good thing, as it gives you the opportunity to stop before you set the place on fire). If the total current is below, but near the rated current of the breaker, then you may have a problem with the breaker itself. Possibilities include inadequate ventilation around it or location in a cabinet which is picking up external heat (both need sorting out urgently) - or it may be that the breaker is old and tired and has gone out of calibration. Investigating any of these needs more skill than it's wise to try to acquire from a stranger on the web. A.

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