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Old 11-19-2009, 02:20 PM   #1
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I have a 3-prong dryer connector that reads 110v from one straight leg to the L leg, no volt between the other straight leg and the L leg and no volts between the two straight legs. This dryer worked in the past.

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I have a 3-prong dryer connector that reads 110v from one straight leg to the L leg, no volt between the other straight leg and the L leg and no volts between the two straight legs. This dryer worked in the past.
Loose connection on one hot wire or bad breaker. Usually bad breaker.

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Or a short in the dryer caused the breaker to trip.

If resetting the breaker restores the voltage, put a 120v 10A hair dryer from the ground terminal to one side of the line, then the other, so the hair dryer sees only 120v each time.

If the voltage to the hair dryer rises substantially more than ~1v [e.g., from 119vac to 120vac] when the hair dryer is switched off you have a bad connection.
Test both lines. If the hair dryer fan doesn't run, turn it off immediately; you have found your problem.

If the power source passes this test, almost certainly the dryer has a problem. Much less likely, both have a problem.

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Old 11-19-2009, 08:11 PM   #4
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Could be a loose wire at receptacle/plug
loose or damaged wire in appliance
loose wire at breaker (it's not actually under screw)
or it could be a bad breaker.

I've experience all 4 problems with the clothes dryer.
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It may also be a fuse. If a dryer is connected to a fuse block, there will be two fuses, and one of them may be blown.
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