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My LER4634EQ1 whirlpool dryer keeps tripping my circuit breaker after running about7-8 minutes. Any thoughts on what could be happening?

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Old 01-29-2014, 03:11 PM
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Default HELP! Dryer keeps tripping circuit breaker.
Model Number: LER4634EQ1   Brand: Whirlpool   Age: 5 - 10 years   

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My LER4634EQ1 whirlpool dryer keeps tripping my circuit breaker after running about7-8 minutes. Any thoughts on what could be happening? After consulting an online repair manual I am wondering if it is the Thermal Cut-Off and/or High Limit Thermostat. When taking off the back cover I noticed that the cut-off had been disconnected and the wires taped together (we got the machine used about two years ago). I really do not know what I am talking about though so I would appreciate any help you can offer!

Thank you!

Lloyd


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Old 01-29-2014, 05:57 PM
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If you don't have a clue on dryer repair, then you should call a tech. I would not run it like it is. An important safety device (thermal cutoff) has been bypassed. The temperature in the heater box has to get over 300 for that device to fail, so something is wrong. Simply taping the wires together is unacceptable! You may have excessive lint buildup in the dryer and/or in the exhaust ducting or some other problem affecting air flow.

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