I have a Whirlpool Estate electric dryer. Sunday, the dryer wouldn't
come on, found the breaker in the basement fusepanel was tripped. I
reset it, all was well for several more loads that day. Now today, the
dryer will only run for about 1 minute before the breaker trips, I reset
the breaker, and it will run for another minute before it trips again.
The dryer is only about 2 year old, this is the 1st problem, and there
are no stange noises. Any ideas/suggestions are greatly appreciated!
DANGER Will Robinson, DANGER
When you breaker tripped the first time, that should have been a clue.
When it tripped the second time, you should've stopped using the dryer
until you positively determined and remedied the problem.
A circuit breaker is foremost a safety device.
Usually when it trips, it is overloaded or shorted. Overload can be a
result of a loose connection (read: fire danger) or a bad heating
element (less dangerous but still a possible fire danger) and a dead
short is also a dangerous situation especially with 220 volts.
**First, unplug your dryer then make SURE the dryer's breaker is shut
OFF**. Follow the cord up into the back of the dryer and check the
connections (you will probably have to remove a small metal panel) make
sure each one is tight and there are no signs of heat (look at the wire
insulation) at the junction. If it's a three-wire cord, make sure the
neutral to ground strap is sound. If everything there looks good there,
open the dryer outlet cover (remember, you shut off the breaker,
right?) and look in there for signs of heat or spark. If everything
looks clean, then button it all back up and open your breaker panel and
shut off the big MAIN (this should shut off ALL electricity to your
home.) Pull the panel cover and tighten up all the connectons
(especially the neutral wires [white]) and if ANY of your wires are
aluminum (as opposed to copper) inspect them first. Aluminum tends to
loosen first and a loose connection can generate some heat, further
loosening it. Look at the wires that go into your dryer breaker. Make
sure they are SNUG. Don't mess with the wires that go into the MAIN
If you've done all that and your breaker still trips, it's likely the
big e lewis wrote:
Good response. Especially the first few lines. This is a safety
I will add one possible issue. Old circuit breakers and even some new
ones can become weak and need replacement. I suggest keeping that in the
back of your mind. It is also possible that you replaced your old dryer
with one that requires a larger breaker. You may want to check the breaker
size specified in the manual for your current dryer. However remember to
check for safety issues first.
You did get some good advice about connections and heating elements. The
motor can also be a problem, as can the drum and the rollers it rides on.
If the bearings are going, they will be difficult to turn and can overload
the motor. Check to see that it turns freely.
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