What is Causing a Dryer to Keep Tripping The Breaker

April 14, 2019
Dryer Repair

Your circuit breaker is there to protect your home and your person from completely preventable accidents. When any appliance draws too many amps, it will trip your circuit breaker to prevent shocks or fires. So if your dryer is tripping the circuit breaker, it is doing so to protect you, but you also will want to find out why this is happening so you can get it fixed.

Stuck Start Switch

Sometimes, your start switch may become stuck in the on the start position. This doesn’t seem like a very pressing issue, but it actually causes the motor to continue to draw high amounts of power while the switch is in this position. As a result, your breaker will probably trip within the first minute of the cycle.

Faulty Heating Element

If your heating element has a short, this can also result in a tripped breaker. With this issue, typically the dryer will run for a short period of time and them trip. You will also notice that, because there is not heat, your clothes will not even be warm.

The Circuit Breaker Itself

In truth, the majority of cases in which a dryer trips your circuit breaker will be caused by the circuit breaker itself. A telltale sign is if other appliances are doing it too. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes it is a case of the fuses connected to the dryer going out that can cause a trip. In this case, you will want to call an electrician just to make sure everything is fine.

If your circuit breaker checks out, and you aren’t sure what is causing your dryer to consistently trip the breaker, you need a professional touch. Contact us today so we can help you quickly diagnose and fix the problem so that your dryer can get back to doing its job.


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