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Dryer I have a Kenmore 80 series dryer, every time I try to dry my clothing, it will work for about five to ten minutes then the circuit breaker will go off. I took out the exhaust and cleaned it but I still seem to have the same problem. I ran it without any clothes inside of the machine and it will run in full cycle with no problems what so ever. Please let me know any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  • Bella K 27 Jan 08, 2008

    Thank you for responding. We have had this dryer for about three years now and it is acting up all of a sudden.

  • Anonymous Sep 26, 2008

    I am having the same problem with my 80 series dryer and my apartment complex is telling me that the dryer outlet along with the panel are fine. They say the dryer is the problem. Can it be the dryer?



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Dryers take a lot of power to run.the circuit is tripping because it cannot take the load of the may have to get a dryer line installed.check the value on the circuit breaker.u need to use twice that value on the dryer.with clothes added to the dryer the motor takes more current to spin.this extra current is greater than the circuit breaker value so it trips to prevent the house wire from going on fire.

Posted on Jan 07, 2008

  • lefferts Jan 08, 2008

    the circuit u are using to power the dryer may not not have been designated as a dryer circuit.chances are you have plugged another device that is drawing from the same circuit.also the circuit breaker could be defective.what you can check is when the circuit breaker trips how many appliances looses a code dryers and electric stoves.and washers.should be connected to their own circuit breaker.



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