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Breaker keeps tripping when I use Amana NED5500TQ electric dryer.

I have an Amana NED5500TQ electric dryer that is about 1-1/2 years old. Recently, when I try to use the dryer the breaker trips. At first it was during the second consecutive load, now it is within a couple of minutes of starting the first load. Between breaker trips, the dryer does appear to be drying normal. I notice no unusual noises. When I unplugged the dryer, I noticed that one of the prongs is showing some signs of charring and melting. I have a 30A breaker, #10 wire, 30A recep. and the whip is rated for 30A. I'm guessing there is an issue with the heating element which is why I say the charring on the plug. Am i on the right track or should I be looking to replace the breaker or recep.?

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Heating element or motor. Usually heating element. Replace limit switch (inside dryer) during repair. Limit switch should shut off before breaker if working correctly.

After repair clean or replace plug/wire. Inspect or replace receptacle in wall.

Posted on Sep 28, 2009

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