Dryer tripping breaker
Nothing is more frustrating than when you are trying to get the laundry done but your dryer keeps tripping your circuit breaker. You’re probably wondering what is causing your dryer to trip the breaker, but don’t worry, we’re here to help with whatever issue it could be.
- Heating element & heating element assembly: the heating element is what heats up your dryer so that your wet clothes can dry. If the heating element fails, it can short out the heating housing, which can then cause your dryer to trip the breaker. If the problem is with the heating element, it will need to be replaced.
- Internal short: there is the possibility that one of the internal components of your dryer has caused an internal short, which then trips the breaker. There are several components that can cause an internal short such as a poor door switch, the timer, or the motor.
- Terminal block: electric dryers have a series of power cords that all attach at the terminal block. If any of the wires have come loose, they can arc, which will destroy part of the terminal block. If this occurs, the wire can short out against the dryer, causing the dryer to trip the breaker.
- Drive motor: if the drive motor inside of your dryer is faulty, it can short out internally. If the drive motor shorts out internally, it will cause the dryer to trip the breaker.
- If none of these common causes are the culprit behind tripping your circuit breaker, the problem may be the circuit breaker itself. Over time, circuit breakers become worn out and weak. If a breaker has become weak, and can trip repeatedly. You will require a professional electrician to deal with this issue.
If your dryer keeps tripping your circuit breaker, you can give dryer repair technicians here at Express Repair a call to get to the bottom of the issue!