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130munch 07-28-2010 07:01 PM

Dryer blowing fuse
My electric dryer is blowing the fuse after running only 2-3 minutes. The clothes are getting warm - so the heating element seems to be working. After the fuse blows I can reset it right away - The switch won't snap back into place until a few minutes have passed.

Vent is not clogged - I checked.

Today to test things further I ran the dryer on "air" dry & it worked fine - no blown fuses - ran about 15-20 minutes without a problem.

What do you think - dryer problem or fuse box issue?

oldognewtrick 07-28-2010 07:05 PM

I had the same problem a few months ago. I replaced the breaker with a new one and it hasn't been a problem since.

Wuzzat? 07-29-2010 09:13 AM


Originally Posted by 130munch (Post 47074)
blowing the fuse after running only 2-3 minutes.

It could be a very mild overload caused by the dryer. A clamp-on ammeter could confirm/deny this idea.

Can also be a loose connection at the breaker.

triple D 07-29-2010 11:58 PM

check the cord
turn off breaker, then pull dryer out and unplug cord. Look at the prongs to see if surrounding rubber is dark and melted. Then remove cover on dryer over cord connection. Check that all nuts or bolts securing wires to dryer are tight. Then remove cover plate from plug and remove plug from wall. Now tighten all screws securing wire to plug and re-install all mentioned. Also as mentioned check to see wires are firmly tightned to breaker lugs, then Remove the breaker from panel. This can be done with wires still hooked to it. Look at the buss in panel where breaker touches to see that there is no burning or corrosion. Once you have completed this, you probably have located the problem. If any part of this seems out of your skill range, hire an electrician (these practices do have dangers) Good luck....

Wuzzat? 07-30-2010 07:58 AM

A non-obvious danger when removing the panel cover is arc flash. For resi. use level 2 arc flash gear is recommended.

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