Dryer tripping breaker

Old 11-24-03, 12:17 PM
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Unhappy Dryer tripping breaker

16 year old Whirlpool dryer has started tripping the breaker.

The service panel was installed about 2 years ago, so I doubt there is a problem with that.

What does it mean when it trips the breaker?

It has not been drying very well and I assume it is nearing the end of it's life.

Any ideas?
Old 11-24-03, 02:24 PM
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A breaker’s purpose in life is to trip when it sees an excessive amount of current. If it did not trip, the high current could overheat the wire, and might even start a fire. If the dryer breaker trips more than once, it means that there is something wrong with (1) The breaker itself – not likely, or (2) The wire – also not likely, or (3) The dryer – far more likely. I would recommend that you either have the dryer repaired or replaced, and that you not try to use the dryer until you have done one of these things.
Old 11-24-03, 11:26 PM
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Most likely a shorted heating element.
Old 11-25-03, 07:23 PM
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Make sure you also check to see that your ducting is clear. When the duct clogs up with lint (very common), the heating element doesn't get enough air flow to dry the clothes, and it doesn't get enough to cool the element either.

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