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HE4 Kenmore Dryer tripping Circuit Breaker

Recently my Dryer has been tripping the circuit breaker. I cleaned out any lent that was in the dryer which was not much I also checked the coils to make sure they where clear as well, this did not do anything. The dryer can go about 10 minutes before tripping the circuit. If I put a light load in it will not trip at all. Could the circuit breaker be going bad or do I have a motor going bad? The dryer is 3 years old and the house is 3 years old as well.

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If you put a light load in the dryer will not trip the circuit at all. That means heavy load made the motor work harder and over heat, it going to trip the circuit , pretty soon, the motor will be warn out.

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