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The dryer has worked fine for several years, but now it pops the GFI circuit with a full load. Taking out about half the load usually solves the problem. We recently cleaned the lint out of the duct, so that is not the problem.

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  • docwriter May 08, 2009

    Thanks. I didn't think about the GFI receptacle being faulty, but of course it can be. I had a problem with another GFI installed at about the same time, so I'm going to replace the GFI receptacle and see if that will solve the problem.

  • docwriter May 09, 2009

    I replaced the GFCI outlet, put a full load in the dyer, and the GFCI popped. Took out about 2/3 of the load, reset the GFCI, and started the dryer and it is now running beautifully. So, it would appear that the problem is in the dryer and is in some way related to the size of the load. Any suggestions?

  • docwriter May 27, 2009

    Hi Rylee,
    I replaced the GFCI receptacle with a standard one and the problem went away. Full loads have not popped the circuit breaker.

    Thanks for your help.



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GFI circuit blows as the dryer overloads the circuit and the breaker did not trips fast enough. Try changing the breaker and also check for the burnt wiring between the GFI and the panel. The cause is either a short circuit in the dryer or a worn-out GFI outlet. To determine the culprit, follow these troubleshooting steps-
Plug the dryer into another GFI outlet in another location. If that GFI also trips, the dryer is at fault and should be replaced. If the dryer runs normally, that GFI outlet is faulty and should be replaced. And check they should be 20amps and not 15 amps.

Please note that GFI circuits are needed only when --

1) The laundry recepetacle for the dryer cannot be shared with other rooms or loads.
2) You do not want the washer on a GFI. Unless there is a laundry sink within 6' of the receptacle.

Please see this link for more details on GFI circuits---

GFI circuits Troubleshooting

Please do accept this solution and revert for further assistance.


Posted on May 08, 2009

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    Rylee Smith May 08, 2009

    Please do check and confirm if that solved your problem.

    Please do accept this solution and revert for further assistance.


  • Rylee Smith
    Rylee Smith May 10, 2009


    You'll need to look for a shorted or cut wire inside your dryer. Also check if there is any moisture on the wires inside the dryer. And if on heavy load it blows the circuit then either its your motor whose winding are shorted. Secondly, if your dryer is electric, then the heating elements are on the way out as they are requiring more energy to do the job they were intended for and thats why blowing the GFCI circuit.

    Please do accept this solution and revert for further assistance.




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