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Dryer trips breaker as soon as i try to start it.

I've got a ge stackable washer and dryer. we bought it used, and in moving it into our apartment i broke the post on the dryer timer. i replaced the timer, and in doing so, broke the resister on the timer. i replaced the resister, but now, as soon as i press the start button, the breaker trips. it's a gas dryer, so it shouldn't require more than a 20 amp breaker, right? i know the breaker is okay, because there is a hot-water heater plugged into it that runs fine. i unplugged the hot-water heater and tried the dryer again with the same result. is there something i could have done while replacing the timer or resister that would cause this to happen? should i just give up and call someone?

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Use or borrow a volt ohm meter and check for a grounded hot wire. You may also be exceeding the start up load on the 20 amp breaker. Test this theory (after you make sure that there are no ground faults) by starting the dryer in a "air fluff" mode without heat. If the dryer starts in the "no heat mode", switch the heat on - if you blow the breaker you know that the 20 amp breaker cannot handle it. Before you do any of the above - check your dryer manual for the service requirments. If you don't have the manual go to the mfg. web site and download it.

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