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Dryer 220 Breaker Repeatedly Tripping

I have a breaker switch for my dryer outlet that repeatedly trips whenever I try to switch the power back on at the fusebox. The only thing I did was replace the 3-wire outlet with the newer 3-wire outlet required for more modern dryers. It was a pretty easy install--just connected Hots to the same place as before and then handled Neutral. I didn't see a grounding wire in my box, which was the only thing I'm suspicious of. But if that were the problem, I don't know why the circuit never tripped (dryer was working perfectly before) before I replaced the outlet. I'm meeting an electrician tomorrow, but I wanted to get some ideas beforehand. Thanks.

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Check all your wires again make sure you have a solid connection also your dryer plug has to fit really good in to the outlet not loose
Don't forget always turn off your power before work

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  • Azmat Hussain Apr 02, 2014

    Thanks for your help. I talked to my electrician on the phone and he said it's possible that I have the wires wedged so tightly in the box that maybe something is making contact with the box itself (which I expect is grounded). That's why my breaker is tripping right away. I'm going to unwire the plug tonight and try to flip the breaker back on, as an experiment. The breaker shouldn't trip if the circuit is left open, correct? Thanks again.

  • Azmat Hussain Apr 17, 2014

    I figured out what was wrong. The breaker had to be wiggled in order to make contact as I was flipping the switch back to on.

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