Electric Dryer plug melted, smoking, almost fire


Old 05-12-05, 09:07 AM
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Electric Dryer plug melted, smoking, almost fire

Hello all! My Electric Dryer's big 220 plug has given me trouble twice before and this is the third time I've ruined one. It got so hot a couple nights ago that I could smell the burning plastic from the next room and when I checked on it, it was smoking. It took an hour to cool down before I could even unplug it.

Obviously I have a problem. I plan on taking no more chances and I'll be replacing the dryer and the wiring all the way from the main fuse box.

My question is simply...

How in the world could the cord get that HOT without blowing the fuses? I thought that surely my fuse box would protect me from a fire. Why didn't it?
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Old 05-12-05, 02:06 PM
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I got replies to the same question in the Electrical forum. Thank you!
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