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When the dryer is on high or medium heat, it trips the power breaker of the house. it does not do this on air only/no heat", which makes me think of a short in heating unit.

My Simpson Sirocco 350 Dryer keeps tripping the power circuit. how can I fix it?

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  • witty_chuck1 May 13, 2009

    Unfortunately this did not fix my problem. It appears to have something to do with the heating element portion of the cycle as it only happens when I switch to high or medium heat but does not do it when on "no heat"

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    Simpson Sirocco 350 dryer. About 13 years old. Used maybe once a week. When the dryer is turned on it trips the circuit breaker for the whole home.

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This is probably caused by a broken switch behind the small white panel you can see when you open the door. This stops the dryer when you open the door. It is very flimsy and breaks easily. You can remove it by unscrewing one screw and carefully pulling it out. You can probably fix it with super glue.

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The dryer is run by a universal motor, and these motors (while being very robust) can draw more current if the torque put on the drive train is overloaded. try running dryer with less clothes.

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    John Love May 12, 2009

    let me know if this fixes ur problem, it may be something else.

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    John Love May 13, 2009

    In that case, you may have a short to earth. When the selector moves to medium or high a possible ground fault to earth may be tripping the circuit. This can be checked by plugging the dryer into a sGFI multi-socket.. If it trips while in one of these multi-sockets, you know that your dryer heating circuit has a short to earth and, unless you have a bit of training at fault finding, i'd recommend getting an appliance serviceperson to make a house call. An electrician may be able to meet your needs as well.

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