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Kenmore series 90 dryer kicks breaker often. Draws 20.9 amps

What is the expected amps draw of the heating element. Fan only drawing 2.5 amps

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  • gstangl Feb 07, 2009

    Thanks a lot for the info. I have a double 20 breaker. Does this mean that each breaker should have 11 amps of current or 22?

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Well do the math.... 5000 watts divided by 220 volts =
22 amps

Posted on Feb 06, 2009

  • Dan Webster
    Dan Webster Feb 07, 2009

    30 amp breaker is the norm for an electric dryer.

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