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Dryer trips the GFI

When i plug the dryer in it trips the GFI in the outlet, the washer does not

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FYI, I have had the same problem and have spoken with three different technicians including one that is supported by the LG website and all say the same thing: replace the gfci with a regular outlet, even though in my case (and probably yours) this would not be to code. If the manufacturer of the dryer is saying that the dryer should not be plugged into a gfci outlet (their words), I'm not sure there's anything that can be done about it. Mine also ran for 5 years in the gfci outlet with no problems. If you find another solution, (or can recommend any technician that takes this issue seriously) please post!

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It sounds as though some component in the dryer has a high resistance short to ground. Not enough to burn it up, but enough to allow the current in the hot leg of 120VAC to be greater than the current through the neutral leg.

It is also possible that the ground is a low resistance short to ground. Have you tried to temporarily plug the dryer into a non GFI outlet (use a heavy duty extension cord)? If so, does the breaker for that circuit trip?
DO NOT LEAVE THE APPLIANCE CONNECTED USING AN EXTENSION CORD! THIS IS ONLY TO TEST THE APPLICANCE FOR A HIGH RESISTANCE SHORT.

Either way, I would be suspect of the motor first, and the pilot igniter circuit 2nd. Please provide more information as to what you find in the test above.

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