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Dryer causing circiut breaker to trip

Hotpoint dryer model: 110.76974820

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Have you tried replacing the circuit breaker?
It may be the problem.
You do not mention how old the dryer is, or that model number does not tell me if it is gas or electric. (I wouldn't know)
Another thing you could try is to take the dryer apart and clean out the lint, you will also have an opportunity to replace any worn-out parts like the belt, or heating elements etc.
Working on a dryer is quite simple, if you have ANY mechanical capabilities.

Posted on Nov 22, 2007

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Could be bad breaker, motor, element or shorted wire.

Posted on Nov 22, 2007

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