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Dryer is over ampimg and tripping breaker. Run load amps are 27 amps. Motor is 5.5 amps with belt on and 4.5 amps without belt on. The heater ohms out at 9.1 ohms which compares to a new heater. All wires are tight and connection are good. I jumped out each safety and timer and amps did not change. What is the RLA of the motor and will the resistance change when the heater warms up?

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Have you changed out the 30 amp breaker in the panel? Run the unit and feel the breaker in the panel box, if it is getting warm, you need to change it. Sometimes they become "weak" and mis-read what the appliance is doing

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