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Old 05-27-2019, 04:08 PM
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Originally Posted by billinstuart View Post
Is that the same as a penny under a fuse???
oh come on,, this is much more professional.
Old 05-27-2019, 05:14 PM
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When breaker trips can you reset it right away or does it trip again? If it trips again without dryer running it is not dryer it is house circuit
Old 05-27-2019, 05:30 PM
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Originally Posted by edwardh1 View Post
my 1977 ge is on the same breaker for 40 years but have had them fail
out at the plants, we had to run checks on motor and feeder protection relays every few years, but not 120v breakers to make sure they did what they were suppose to.

makes you wonder how many bad breakers there are in all of the households in the world
Old 05-27-2019, 05:37 PM
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If you use a amp meter that stays at max amps, you’ll see what the breaker trips at.
Old 05-27-2019, 05:59 PM
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Originally Posted by SeaBoss21 View Post
If you use a amp meter that stays at max amps, you’ll see what the breaker trips at.
Not really. Like I said, loose connections at the breaker or a weak breaker is the answer. Service thousands of them and this is what I have found.
Old 05-27-2019, 06:04 PM
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I had same issue and one lug on the hot side of receptacle was never tight.
Old 05-27-2019, 06:17 PM
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Where did you go Russ? As stated first thing open the breaker panel cover and if you are not comfortable turn off the main, but beware there are still hot lines from the main (don’t touch those). Get a big long flat blade screwdriver and tighten those bad boys. A quarter turn or so might help. If that doesn’t work replace the breaker. Cheap and easy to eliminate.
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Standard circuit breakers use a thermal element inside to sense the current flow. When the element gets hot enough, it causes a trip. Each time the breaker trips, there is arcing of the internal contacts. The arcing causes the contact to increase in resistance, leading to extra heat generation. Those contacts are connected to the thermal element. The extra heat travels to the thermal element, reducing the actual trip level.
Old 05-27-2019, 08:06 PM
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Originally Posted by woftam1024 View Post
When breaker trips can you reset it right away or does it trip again? If it trips again without dryer running it is not dryer it is house circuit
If the breaker was tripping with out the dryer running I know it's not the dryer. I said it has tripped the breaker twice but my wife ran 2 loads today and no tripping.

Originally Posted by TheRealMacGyver View Post
Where did you go Russ? As stated first thing open the breaker panel cover and if you are not comfortable turn off the main, but beware there are still hot lines from the main (don’t touch those). Get a big long flat blade screwdriver and tighten those bad boys. A quarter turn or so might help. If that doesn’t work replace the breaker. Cheap and easy to eliminate.
I have been on my boat most of the day. I will check the lugs and the wires on the receptacle tomorrow.

Good suggestions, than you.
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Originally Posted by rocksandblues View Post
I would replace breaker and check connections before throwing random parts.

wouldnt replacing the breaker without knowing for sure that’s the issue constitute “throwing random parts?”


my experience with loose wires is that they would rapidly be getting worse once it gets to the point that it is causing a thermal overload.

edit just read the latest post about it tripping when the dryer isn’t on. Id be replacing the breaker on first go opening the panel as well.
Old 05-27-2019, 09:13 PM
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Have you looked inside yet? If it is shorting out inside you should see burn spots. This might be as simple as a quarter bouncing around on the element and occasionally hitting the case.
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Originally Posted by gfretwell View Post
Have you looked inside yet? If it is shorting out inside you should see burn spots. This might be as simple as a quarter bouncing around on the element and occasionally hitting the case.
I watched a YouTube video on how to get to the element and I have to practically disassemble the entire dryer so not that easy to just look at it.
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It is not as tough as it looks most of the time. I have had a few Whirlpools that I took apart for various things and it is just taking out a handful of screws. You just need to know the trick on your machine.
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Originally Posted by gfretwell View Post
It is not as tough as it looks most of the time. I have had a few Whirlpools that I took apart for various things and it is just taking out a handful of screws. You just need to know the trick on your machine.
I have an LG and I can assure you that it's a hell of a lot more than a handful of screws. I'm not worrying about taking it apart but when I do I will change the heating element whether it's failed or not.

I checked the breaker to make sure it was bolted properly and that the lugs were right. I checked the temperature of the breaker and it was only 3F more than any of the other breakers.

Still trying to figure out what the problem could be but it hasn't tripped the breaker in at least 10 loads.....who knows? ;?
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I put one in a 66 GE about 15 years ago. have to stretch the element out evenly until it becomes a certain length then install it
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Replace the breaker.
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Replace the breaker X2. Simple and cheap.

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