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Old 03-16-2012, 07:59 PM   #1
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Hello everyone, wanted to know if anyone could tell me why I could possibly have to keep resetting my breaker to get my dryer to work. The crazy thing is that the dryer will still turn and stay on but it will not heat up. Switched the dryer out for different dryer because at first thought it was that, same thing.. Any advise is appreciated.

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Undersized wires or a loose connection someplace can cause an over heat and a trip.
The motor only needs 110 volts to run, you need 220 volts for the heat to work.
This is a double pole breaker right? How many amps. is it.

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Old 03-16-2012, 09:06 PM   #3
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Are you having any problems in the rest of the house? Sounds like you have lost one leg to the dryer and are only getting 120, not the 240 you need for the heat.
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It is possible that you have killed the breaker before changing dryers!
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I do have a couple outlets in my daughters that get no power and my living room light does dim every so often...but that has all been like that the 2yrs we have been here...No other major issues and this dryer thing just started maybe 2 mnths ago
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None of that sounds good.
Loose wires and under sized wiring causes fires.
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Can you safely measure the line voltage,
before and after you turn on the heating element ?

And does the dryer need 220v or is it only 120v ?

Could be many things,
so you have to follow a proceedure
to find the fault.
Start by checking the voltage as i suggested,
If you dont feel confident to do it !
then dont, let a pro fix it.

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