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Maytag Neptune Electric Dryer

Have had dryer for about a year. Just recently it keeps tripping the breaker. When reset - a "PF" or "DO" flashes. What does this mean?

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  • Anonymous May 04, 2008

    I have the same problem. It occurs intermittently - but when it is occurring, it keeps on occurring for several days, and then may not occur again for several weeks. Have checked exhaust - cleaned out repeatedly - when occuring, with not effect.

  • Anonymous May 06, 2008

    I have the same problem but I have the neptune stackable washer/dryer. It sometimes helps to try and keep the loads small in the dryer, but that gets to be a waste of electricity.

  • Anonymous Oct 01, 2008

    I have the same problem, and I have good wiring, etc. Maybe a weak breaker???

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I have this same problem. I hired a professional to fix it because I'd already tried replacing the logic board and it wasn't the cause. He determined it was the control panel on the front. Apparently the design causes a substantial amount of humidity to get trapped in the laminated panel and short the controls. He ordered a replacement but they have been on backorder for over 2 months!

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Pf = power failure
do= door open

the dryer is tripping the breaker because your house wiring is probly not up to snuff, or you have a bad breaker. nothing you are saying sounds like a dryer problem, but could be a big issue with house (could be very bad, could cause fire)

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