Hi I have a Roper electric dryer since 2000 never had a problem also had an electric dryer for 6 year before that never had a problem with breaker going off now its been happening frequently, all the...
You will neeed an AMP meter.
Take the face cover off the breaker box.
Very carefully, without touching any wires and frying yourself check the amperage on the wires (one at a time) coming off the breaker to the dryer. (While its running with a load of wet clothes)
If the amp draw is very close to the amp rating of the breaker (IE 30 AMP breaker dryer drawing 28.5 AMPs) then you likely have an issue with the dryer and s the amp draw fluctiates a little it pops the breaker.
Several things can cause this. Motor windings going bad, elements going bad, dryer in need of a thourough cleaning etc.
There could also be a short to ground with one component/switch that is only energised during certain cyles. Keep note of when it trips the breaker. If you notice a pattern, that will help determine the problem.
If none of this applies, and the breaker is just poping randomly without having an amp draw higher than its rating, then you have a bad breaker.
If you have no amp meter. You could try replacing the breaker.(With the same rating, DO NOT go higher unless you want a really big bonfire.)
Most breakers are less than 20 bucks.
Thats an easy job, and if will help you isolate the problem by knowing if it's the dryer or breaker.
Otherwise you must either have a good Volt/OHM/Amp meter to trace down the problem.
Jan 01, 2009 |
Roper REX4634KQ Electric Dryer