04:05PM | 11/18/04
Member Since: 11/17/04
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The dryer wouldn't start so I went outside and the breaker in the fuse box for the dryer was off. I pushed it in once and then a second time before it stayed on. I started the dryer and everything seemed fine.

I checked on the dryer 30 minutes later and it was off again. I went outside and the breaker again showed off. I pushed the breaker in and saw a spark and a little bit of smoke.

now I am a bit concerned. Can I push it in again until it goes back to on? Or will that just make things worse? I don't know much about fuse boxes and such so I basically need to know if I can try again or is that just asking for trouble. If not then I'll call an electrician to come look at it.

Jim D

12:18AM | 11/19/04
Member Since: 01/06/01
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ZorroRojo - hi, you have a problem there so don't try to reset the breaker again! Something on that circuit is causing an overload condition and the breaker's doing what you want it to do - it trips before a major short circuit and fire occurs. The fact that you saw a spark and some smoke (arcing) indicates a problem which needs to be located and corrected.

When you noticed your dryer had stopped the second time, did you see if it was warm to the touch? Maybe there's a lot of lint buildup near the heating coils (assuming it's an electric dryer) and it's causing the problem. Regardless, something's wrong if you're getting some arcing when you reset the breaker.

Your owner's manual for the dryer may offer suggestions on how to check for and clean out lint buildup, as well as what to do if it keeps tripping the breaker. I'd recommend at least the checking and cleaning steps before calling the electrician. I hope this helps some - regards! Jim D/West Point, VA


05:02AM | 11/19/04
Member Since: 11/17/04
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Would it help to unplug the dryer and then reset the fuse? Then I could plug in the dryer again and start it.

The dryer is electrical and I didn't notice if it was hot or not.

I found the manual and plan to read it but have not had time yet.

Jim D

12:49AM | 11/22/04
Member Since: 01/06/01
342 lifetime posts
ZorroRojo - hi, hopefully you had a chance to look through the manual over the weekend. Based on the arcing you saw, I don't think unplugging the dryer/resetting the breaker/plugging the dryer in/starting the dryer will solve the problem. If the dryer does start, it may soon trip the breaker again. All that would accomplish is to let you know whether or not the heating element's working. Or worse - it could start a fire either in the dryer cabinet (which you may not notice right away) or create other electrical circuit damage.

I'm not an appliance expert and I don't know if they check this area of the BBS or not. They may have other suggestions to help you out. You can always post your question there, along with the model number of your dryer (provided on the identification tag). I'm personally still inclined to believe it's either excessive lint or maybe a damaged heating element. (As soon as it gets hot enough, the break in the element causes the break to stop the dryer...and trying to start it while part of the break was grounded against another part of the dryer caused the arcing.)

I hope this helps some - good luck! Jim D/West Point, VA
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