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My breaker keeps tripping when my dryer is on. The dryer keeps running but is no longer hot. I turn my breaker switch off and on again and then my dryer works running hot for a while, but not for too long. Should I change out my circuit?

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First I would check the venting for the dryer. A dryer that is tripping breakers can often indicate a venting problem. Make sure the vent is open and clear all the way to where it exhausts outside. Make sure that the vent hose/pipe isn't collapsed anywhere. I would check this first before considering other possible causes. Sorry for your trouble and I hope this helped. Check the venting and let me know if you require further assistance. Best wishes.

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