Clothes Dryer Breaker

If the breaker for a clothes dryer all of a sudden starts tripping would this likely indicate a problem with the dryer? This appliance is about 15 years old.
Thanks.
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Could be shorting or overloading. Does it run OK on a air fluff cycle? If so, good chance the heating elements are the culprit.
Breakers do go bad also. Hard to pinpoint without a meter to check the load, etc.
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Possibly,, unplug the dryer and reset. If it holds then you may have an problem on either end. Check the connections on the breaker and the outlet, should be tight.
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Before you get too carried away with the breaker, I would clean out the lint from inside the dryer. 15 years of lint could be making the old thing work just too darned hard.
You could also check for loose connections on the breaker. I replaced my fusepanel with a circuit breaker panel recently. A couple days later the dryer started tripping the breaker. Turned out I had forgotten to tighten one of the screws, so the breaker was developing excess heat.
Mr Fixit eh
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Hi,
When is the breaker tripping? After running a while, 2nd or 3rd load, right away as soon as you turn on the dryer?
Not written in stone, but often a breaker that trips right away when the dryer is turned on is a dryer problem....a breaker that trips after the dryer has been running a bit/while is more of an breaker problem than a dryer problem.
Even a loose/burnt connection between the dryer and breaker can trip the breaker off.

When was the last time the exhaust venting was cleaned out....or the inside of the dryer vacuumed out?
jeff. Appliance Repair Aid http://www.applianceaid.com /
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