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Bob McGrath Posted on Dec 18, 2006
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Tripping circuit breaker

My 5 day old Kenmore elite dryer is tripping the circuit breaker after 20 minutes when it has about 9 or 10 towels in it. This has happened on three separate occasions. Only with towels. I've had it full of clothing and no problems. Anyone else have a similar experience?

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If the dryer trips the breaker right away its a problem with the dryer if its after a while its the breaker. call an electrician to make sure the wires are secured tight to the breaker and the breaker is rated correctly. i can almost guarantee its the breaker.

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