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Kenmore (Whirlpool) dryer tripping breaker


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#1 1979

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Posted 23 August 2006 - 04:02 PM

My Kenmore (Whirlpool) dryer is tripping the breaker every time after 1 or 2 minutes.  Naturally, this doesn't happen on the air fluff setting when the heater's not in use.  I replaced the hi-limit stat tonight (it was still giving a 0 ohm reading at high temp), but am still experiencing the same problem.  Ventilation is not an issue, as I am running it without duct while working on it.  Model number is 110.C60212990.  Any thoughts?  Operating stat, fuse, thermal cut-off???


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Posted 23 August 2006 - 04:21 PM

If you have an amp meter check the circuit amperage on both lines to the dryer. Normal heater amps are around 20 plus a motor makes it 25 on one leg. It should be on a 30 amp dual breaker. Sometimes the problem is not the appliance but loose wiring leading up to it.

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Posted 23 August 2006 - 04:33 PM

Could just be a weak breaker. Monitor the amp draw of each leg and see if they are within normal operating parameters. While running with the heater on they should be approximately 20 -21 on each hot leg or the outside wires to your terminal block and approximately 4-5 on the center neutral.
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Posted 23 August 2006 - 04:38 PM

You replied as I was reading [user=11934]hvacdrd[/user]. Sorry for the duplicate info.    
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Posted 23 August 2006 - 04:43 PM

Thanks guys, I'll check the breaker.  Is it safe to check amperage on either end of a breaker with power on it?  I assumed it was a stat issue because in that 1-2mins when it runs the the heater housing gets incredibly hot - can't even touch it.

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Posted 23 August 2006 - 06:36 PM

I don't have a meter that can handle 40A.  I'll just throw a new breaker at it, and see where that takes me.  That'll likely be cheaper than buying a meter.

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Posted 24 August 2006 - 06:57 PM

A new breaker did the trick.  Thank you very much for the tip - great advice guys.





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