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Old 09-23-2009, 07:56 AM   #1
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dryer problems

This morning we smelled something hot while running the dryer. I checked it and the plug was hot and beginning to melt. The receptacle was real hot, so I removed the cover plate and pulled out the receptacle. The black wire insulation was melted up into the wall. It is not melted all the way to the breaker box, but it got really hot. I know I will have to replace the wiring, receptacle and cord to dryer, but I need to know why this happened. Could anyone help. I suspect it is the dryer, but what would cause this in the dryer. Thanks for any help.


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Sounds like some type of internal fault in the dryer and possibly a loose connection. Make sure you replace the breaker also.


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doubt it's dryer but also check terminal bar on dryer. installers are famous for not making tight connections...in recept'- usually caused by poor connection, can take long time to show up. 'fire was electrical in nature' you're lucky. is it AL' wire? if so change to copper. if you diy make sure you're on code.
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Old 09-23-2009, 09:49 AM   #4
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Loose connections can cause the problems you have experienced.

You will now need:
  • New wiring
  • New receptacle
  • New Cord

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