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Whirpool dryer trips breaker but not every time.

2 year old whirpool dryer trips breaker but not every time it is used. An electrician tested various parts of dryer with varying results. At first he stated we had a bad heating element. The element was taken to an appliance parts store, tested, and declared okay. Our electrician friend came out again and tested various parts on the dryer and could find nothing wrong.

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Try a new breaker.

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Most breakers are less than 20 bucks.

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