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Old 08-05-2014, 07:05 AM
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Got a call from my wife yesterday that the dryer had quit. My son put a small load in, pressed start and it immediately stopped. When I got home, it seemed like it was getting no juice, so I checked the breaker and discovered it was tripped. I reset it, went back to the unit, set it to Air Dry, press start and got the same result - an immediate shutdown casued by the breaker tripping. Unit is about 8.5 years old, run regularly, but not overly hard, lint screen is cleaned with each use (unless the teenager is involved), and pipe has good flow. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


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Old 08-06-2014, 02:35 AM
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See the attachment for the tech sheet.

Sounds like you have a short in the unit.

First I would check the terminal strip in the unit to be sure it is OK.

Next the most likely source is a grounded element.
Unplug the unit and both wires at the heating element.
Measure the element.
It should be 8 to 12 ohms.
Then measure from each element connector to the heater case.
Both should be infinite ohms.
If not the element is grounded and should be replaced.

Could also be a wire in the unit is shorted to the frame.
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Thanks for the information and for the tech sheet. That tech sheet will be incredibly helpful.

Last night I unplugged it and checked the power connections. Everything seemed good, but there was some lint. Not much, but there was some. I made sure everything was in place, vacuumed out the area and reconnected everything. I pulled the top of the unit off to check it for lint or anything obvious, and it was clean. I just checked all connections and then put it back together. I figured maybe the vibration from the washer sitting next to it could have unseated something. Upon throwing the breaker, the unit started running. It did not trip again. I have no idea if what I did changed anything, but for the moment, it's running.

Again, thanks for the help. I have a sneaking suspicion that this will happen again.
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I have a sneaking suspicion that this will happen again.
Yes that is usually what happens.

Never let the unit know that you really really really need it because that is when it will decide to go belly up again.

But perhaps you have better luck than I do.
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