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Will run about 5 mins. then trips the circuit breaker.

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Re: tripping circuit breaker

Your breaker has become weak with age. Have an electrician replace it for you and your problem will be rectified.

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After running 5-10 min the dryer trips the braker

There are a number of reasons this could occur. First, what type of dryer is it? I assume its electric or else it wouldn't be tripping breakers. It it a 115v apartment type or a 220v unit? Is it the only thing on the circuit? Regardless of the power source, it should be the only device operating on the circuit since it draws so much current to operate. Is the circuit breaker rated for the current of the device? If it is the only device on the circuit in question, and the circuit breaker is adequate for the device, then there is also the possibility of a loose wiring connection in the circuit causing excessive current flow, the breaker could be defective, or the dryer itself may have an issue with drawing too much current. I would eliminate all external possibilities before blaming the dryer itself.

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My dryer is run on a 220 breaker and what is happening is the dryer will run for about 10 minutes and then the breaker will flip off then i flip the breaker back on and it will work for another 10 min

You must have something else on the circuit that is pulling additional power at the same time and tripping the circuit. Or you need a larger amp circuit.

May 14, 2012 | Dryers

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This problem might be in your house electrical system rather than the dryer but it will take some troubleshooting to figure it out.
1. First make sure that you are connected to a 30 amp circuit breaker. If not then that is the problem!
2. Use a clamp on amp meter to see what the dryer is drawing from your electrical panel before it trips. If it is below the rating of the 30 amp circuit breaker when it trips, then your circuit breaker is defective.
3. If the dryer is drawing more than 30 amps it is in your machine and you will need to troubshoot that. Since you stated the times - is it always the same and does not vary? Then you have to figure out what you dryer is doing at the 8 minute mark and each machine is a little different. Soem machines go into a tumble air only mode for the first few minutes before kicking on the heating elecment. If yours is that was then it is the heating element, thermostat or something to do with the heating circuit.

Jun 20, 2011 | Dryers

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Electric dryer trips circuit breaker after about 5 min when running at high heat not sure of model number

Most likely culprits are the thermostat (or a short in the wiring related to the thermostat) . I am assuming it is a normal current breaker and not an earth leakage breaker. It seems likely to be the thermostat as that probably switches after a few minutes (whereas the element which is also a common failure is on from the start of the cycle, so if there was short in the element that would take the breaker out immediately).
Does it do the same whatever heat setting you select?
If you switch it back on before letting it cool to much does it trip sooner?
If the time it takes to trip changes when you change the heat setting that would point to the thermostat/wiring too.

I hope I have been of help but please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions.

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Kenmore elite dryer runs for about 3 min. then trips the breakers

The circuit breaker may be tripping because of a fault with the dryer or it may be a fault with the circuit breaker being weak.

From the description you give the circuit breakers trip frequently.

I'd suggest you first try selecting the no heat air fluff cycle and run it to see if the breaker trips. If the circuit breaker doesn't trip in air fluff then there is likely a short in the heating element.

With a clamp-on amp meter you can read the amp draw of the dryer when it is heating. With the motor and element both working you would see approximately 25-26 amperes being drawn. The breaker is rated at 30 amps. If the breaker trips and only 26 amps are being drawn then the breaker is the problem.

Try the air fluff cycle first and see if the breaker will trip. Then with additional details I may be able to help you further.

Jan 05, 2011 | Kenmore Dryers

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Hi, my dryer runs for about 5 min. then it pops the circut breaker. never did this before.

You either have an exposed wire shorting out in the dryer or the breaker itself is weak.

Try running it on air only or low heat to see if it still trips in the same amount of time. Also if the unit heats up on air only setting you have a grounded element.
Depending on the type of heating element you have, sometimes they loosen up, as it heats up it sags and touches the case/chassis tripping the breaker.

The above is not 100% because if you have a loose wire you could be removing power to this part of the circuit when you switch to low heat.
If it is the element often you can see the burn mark on the case.

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My roper electric dryer heats when running for 5 mins. then trips circuit breaker

May not be your dryer. Many times a loose wire at the circuit breaker panel will cause the breaker to get hot and then thermal trip the breaker. It may be worth a look. Remove circuit breaker panel. Turn dryer breaker off. Check wire lug screws for being loose. Make sure screws or snug but do not tighten and strip the threads. Be especially careful if the wire/cable is silvery aluminum colored. If that is the case make sure there are not any broken strands at the breaker lugs. If possible use a clamp on amp meter to check the operating current. The current should not exceed 80 percent of your breaker rating. It is most likely a 30 Amp 2 pole. You may also have a bad breaker. If a breaker has a weak spring or bad contacts it will easily get hot under load and trip. My best guess other than a dryer motor locking up or dragging. New breakers are inexpensive at HD or Lowes etc. Be sure to get the exact brand and model if replacing.

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Dryer keeps tripping circuit breaker. neither new.

This is common, I see it about 4 or 5 times a week. Your heating element is broken. The broken end of the element is touching the element housing. This is easy to replace after you remove the back of the dryer.
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Sep 01, 2009 | Whirlpool Dryers

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Breaker tripping

The problem may not be with your dryer but with the circuit breaker...

Locate the circuit breaker for the dryer. Run the dryer for awhile and with the back of your finger pressed against each of the two switches (it will be a double breaker), see if the breaker is getting warm or wait until the dryer quits then check the breaker for any noticeable increase in temperature. With properly rated breakers, they should not get warm. If getting warm, it is a sign the breaker is bad and should be replaced.

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Dryer will run about 5 mins. then trips the circuit breaker.

I would change the breaker frist and see if that sovles the problem

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