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I wired a dryer and it works for a short time and then one of the 30 amp fuses blows. Please help.

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This is typically your ground wire. I assume by what your saying. That you rewired the outlet required for your dryer.

Did you just rewire the plug? or did you rerun the whole outlet from the Main circuit breaker.

I would first test it with a multimeter to ensure the ground is correct.
also if you rewired the whole outlet to the Main circuit breaker what gauge wire did you use?

i doubt the drying unit itself is causing a short its just the draw off the circuit. and the ground being improperly grounded. I had to rerun my ground wire for my dryer after moving into my new home.

i hope this helps give you a idea let me know how it goes. If you need more help feel free to add comments as i will be glad to assist you.

Posted on Jun 20, 2008

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