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Dryer only works when radio is on


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#1 Jimi

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 01:44 PM

When I first started doing calls in the home for my Dad's business I got a call on an old Kenmore electric dryer that would not heat.
Many older homes in the area had two fuses on the 220 line and one would blow so I checked that and it was OK. The dryer was hard wired to I proceeded to check
the voltage in the dryer when a kid walks up and says if you turn the radio on over there the dryer will work. The radio was plugged into a 110v outlet.
Being a newbie I called my Dad and he said don't even charge them and leave.
To this day I have wondered about that call. Many older homes had one side of the dryer circuit (usually the heater side) also powering something else like a furnace or outlet.
Somehow when switched on the radio completed the circuit.

I would welcome the call today as the weirdness would be exciting.
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#2 RussTech

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 06:10 PM

That outlet was wired in one leg of the 220 circuit, and wired in incorrectly.




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