We moved into an older home that the electric has not been updated. We have been here since may. I have had the washer and dryer since march, and had no problems until the last few weeks. Before making it through a whole cycle it will still be running with no heat. As soon as I open the door it goes completely dead. I then have to replace the 30amp fuse before it will work again. My question is this a problem with my dryer or is it the electric that needs updated? Keep in mind we have lived here since may and just now started having an issue. If anyone can point us in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it.
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Simply there is to much load on the breaker so its tripping to protect your home. I'm not an electrician so I am giving you info based off my experience. Some houses, most I think, have a special plug for the dryer and you can buy a different plug that screws on to the dryer depending on which plug your home has. You may need to upgrade your existing plug in the wall if its an older house. Also, I believe that circuits is on its own breaker separate from the rest so it shouldn't Tripp anything else but the dryer\washer. You can easily fix this yourself if you are confident in dealing with shutting off the electricity and rewiring the outlet or the dryer plus. If not then a electrician can do it easily allbet at a fee. Often times the Home depot or Lowes reps will give you advice but you have to understand its only advice. I would take a picture of the plug and the wall outlet and the breaker. This way you have something to show them at the store when you ask about the plug. One other thing it might be is that the dryer has a bad hearing element or sensor and its drawing to much current causing the trip of the breaker but usually dryers have a $50 fuse on the back that's supposed to blow out first.
Is your dryer electric or gas. If electric, check your fuse box first thing. If it is an older model and your home has an older fuse box, and the boxes uses the big bullet type fuses for the 220 line, one or both fuses could be bad. If so, go buy two new fuses and give it a t;ry.
when the thermal fuse or the high limit pops it's because the dryer is running to hot,all a dryer does is move air,when one of the fuses pops it's from a block from lint either in the lint filter duct or the vent line,if the air can't blow outside or out of the dryer the fuse will blow.if your vent line is long remove it from the back of dryer and stick a leaf blower into the vent line and blow all the lint outside,make sure there isn't a cage or anything blocking the outside hood,then pull out the lint filter,take the dryer apart,remove the lint filter duct and clean it out,also vac and blow out the cabinet and motor,you should do this once a year,your clothes will dry on time,less parts will get damaged from overheating ,your electric bill will be less and most important you won't have a dryer fire.hope this helps,the fuse will keep blowing until you clean out the dryer and vent line.
Possibly or the thermo fuse just went bad normally if the thermo-fuse blows its a venting problem warm moist air back builds into the dryer which in turn blows the thermo-fuse to save the dryer from further damage and also keeps from starting a fire in your home a big saftey feature that has saved many homes.
If you were told to check the home fuses its the circuit breaker for the house. If the house is older it may have a small circuit breaker just for the dryer. Otherwise open the circuit breaker for the house and look for the dryer fuse. Usually 2 20amp breakers together. Flip it off and push towards off a little more to reset than flip back on.
you may have a dry bearing in the motor or the heating element is shorted to the units case both items will make unit draw excessive current and blow the fuses, also if you are using screw in fuses i.e. 2-30 amp fuses and its in an older 60 amp panel,change it over the contacts get heat cracked and lead to hi-resistance connections and this will also blow fuses from being over hot
Usually what fails in an electric dryer after years of good service that the heating element or elements fail and it often blows a fuse in the dryer when it does this. You need to remove covers and check the heating element with an ohm meter, Sometimes the element is visible and can be seen to be broken. If you can't see the break avoiding handling the element wire as the older it is the more fragile it gets. No point breaking one that isn't already broken. The thermostat that controls the drying temperature can also fail but that is less likely. Heating elements are like light bulbs. They have a fixed life and burn out after a number of hours. Don't forget to replace the fuse if it has one and its blown with the same size fuse.