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HAVE A 8 YEAR DRYER( Kitchen Aid)

The building recept. burnt out completly one power leg without breaking a breaker at the electric box. our dryer plug showed slight yellow melt area while the same leg in wall was dark hole (BURNT) . After the recpt. was changed the dryer was plug back in for less than a minute no air low heat medium heat than high heat all worked plus motor. than unpluged and found out that our plug was dark colored burnt same powe leg. Could the dryer still be good if we had put a new cord on our dryer? and by the way we never use the high heat setting

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  • ffarnum May 16, 2009

    I won't know yet , but at a later time. we are on ss income and both both are 78 my felklings is the dryer is good but this buildings age & the recept. too and when it burnt out i should have put on a new dryer cord, mabe not I don't like a electrical problem go on with out knowing why

    MY WIFE WANTS US TO GET NEW ONE, WE HAVE BRAND SOURCE CREDIT SO I THINK WE'LL DO THAT BUT I STILL WILL BE WONDERING, I DON'T HAVE THE TOOLS THAT I HAD SO I HAVE TO DEPENDEND ON OTHER PEOPLE, GOD BLESS YOU FOR RESPONDING

    FRED, sr.


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I would be checking the service panel. I'm assuming the dryer has been working in that outlet. If the breaker is over 50 amps that is why it didn't trip. But the breaker may be bad itself. Make sure it is wired properly. Red wire should go on one side of the breaker and the black on the other. The white should go over to the neutral bar. Then make sure the outlet you plug into is wired the same way. (MAKE CERTAIN THAT BREAKER IS OFF) The top two prongs should have a red on one side and a black on the other, with the white at the bottom. If these are correctly wired, the problem is either in the breaker or inside the dryer. Depending upon the model you have, a 50 amp double breaker isn't prohibitively priced. If you buy the breaker, wire it the same, turn it on, plug in the dryer and it happens again, the dryer is at fault. Coils burn out inside them, lugs burn through, but I'd feel more comfortable at that point calling a service man, tell him what you've done with wiring, breaker, and outlets. It may be time for a new dryer.

Good luck!

Sirwriter

Posted on May 16, 2009

  • Dan Todd May 16, 2009

    Thank you Fred, but you really need to have a look at that breaker and outlet. Maybe you have a relative you can direct through what I outlined. I would just be leary of plugging in a new dryer in the proble were in the outlet ot breaker box. Things happen. A wire could have come loose. Wish you lived by me!



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