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Cloths dryer problem

When put a little or just normal clothes to dryer it trip the breaker. I checked for vibration, 30 amp breaker, voltage 240 volt and wall outlet, cable all okay and it is only 1 year old. It trip the breaker in very short time. Please help

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Ok " your dryer should have it's own line, make sure nothing else is pluged into that line.

may have other devices drawing amps.

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