I have a 2 year old GE dryer that recently stopped working properly.
It keeps throwing the circuit breaker when in use. It sometimes only
takes 1 or 2 minutes for it to pop the breaker, but sometimes, it can
finish a whole load no problem. Has anyone else had a similar problem
I would check to see that the vent is clear, and meets GE specs for length
and bends. Years ago, I had two incidents where GE dryers would trip the
breakers mid cycle. It turned out that there were too many bends in the vent
lines, combined with a lint build up, that restricted air flow and caused
the coil spring heating element to overheat and droop out of it's suspension
insulators, touch the metal cabinet and short the breaker. If you waited a
few minutes, the element would cool off, retract back into the insulators,
and you could use the machine for a while longer.
Can't see how that wouldn't have zapped the heating element...even a
diaper pin or straight pin (wife used to sew a lot) would invariably zap
the element if made it's way thru the rear vent holes and hit a element.
Bad breaker is always a possibility. I also just recently had a dryer
breaker tripping and it turned out to be a 20 amp breaker. This breaker
worked fine for years on the customer's old 4500 watt dryer, but when she
got a new 5300 watt dryer it would only make it half way through the cycle.
I think this is what the problem is. I had the house rewired in the
spring with a change from fuses to circuit breakers. It is a 40 amp
circuit, but I think the breakers are faulty. I'll call the
electrician this week for a look
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