dryer outlet


Old 07-05-05, 11:48 AM
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dryer outlet

I was recently drying my clothes in my electric dryer and i could smell something so i took a flash light and checked the wall receptacle and is was smoking there appeared to be alot of dust build there.if there was a problem in the wiring wouldnt it throw the breaker ?
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Old 07-05-05, 11:55 AM
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Breakers trip on too much current. Although too much current can cause a fire, so can other things (like poor connections). Breakers can only do so much.

I'd check to make sure my dryer vent line is clear of lint and free flowing. If you have access to where the vent exits the house, then start your dryer up and go outside and feel if a strong stream of air is coming out.

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