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My Whirlpool Awz7303 condensing dryer keeps tripping the breaker during the cycle. I have checked the folowing: 1. Breaker is perfect 2. Wiring is perfect 3. I replaced the thermostat(s) 4. Drum seem to be turning without problems, therefore I don't think there is a fauty bearing putting stress on the motor. Any other suggestions??? Please help

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  • kieran_o_far Jan 02, 2011

    I have already tried a different breaker so that is why I know the breaker is perfect. In fact I moved house so it is a completely different house not jsut a different breaker. I will check the amp draw as you suggest what is considered too high?

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When a dryer trips the circuit breaker, it will suddenly power down. Any devices connected to that particular outlet will also suffer from a sudden loss of power. It this occurs every time the appliance is used, the dryer is tripping the circuit breaker. The first potential area of trouble could be that the dryer has a defective thermal resistor. Dryer thermal resistors control the heater in the unit. If the thermal resistor is defective, it will not turn off the heating components in the dryer, which will cause the dryer to continually heat up. As it keeps heating, it keeps drawing power, which will trip the breaker. If the user is comfortable with dryer design, he should check the thermal resistor (also known as the "thermsistor") for damage. A thermal resistor is about the size of a nickel and is located in the heating element. Remove the dryer connections to it and test its conductivity with an Ohmeter. If there is no reading, the resistor is defective and needs replacement.it is also a rear happening but i have also seen two seperate instances where a power wire was frayed that went to the motor and was arching against the cabinet floor and i have also seen a timer wire that came off the timer that was arching against another as well also is the breaker a 30 amp breaker?also does it trip instantly how long does it run before it trips if you have any further questions please message me back and please remember when our chat has concluded to rank how this opinion has helped Thanks again Rick

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Check the amperage draw on the unit with an amprobe or current meter when the element cycles on to heat and see what its drawing,then if too high of current draw you may have an element starting to short out to ground on the elements case,otherwise if not,try a different tandem circuit breaker(30) amp as they can get weak and trip during the heating element cycling on and off

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