Clothes dryer works occasionally when you flip breaker.


Most houses should have one circuit breaker box, that has a dozen or more circuit breakers (and thus a dozen or more circuits). Some houses have more than one circuit breaker box, with a dozen or so circuit breakers in each one.

Having two circuit breakers in a house is very very unrealistic, and probably not what your mom meant (she probably meant two boxes). While the layout can vary, inside the circuit breaker boxes that I'm used to you'll find two vertical columns of switches - the switches are the "circuit breakers". Each switch is a breaker, designed to 'break' the circuit (switch itself off, cutting the power) if something goes wrong (pulling too much power on one circuit at once or receiving too much power). But if something goes really wrong, like a lightning strike, the breakers help but don't eliminate the problem and damage can still result to things plugged in when the lightning strike occurs.

To test the circuits, just do it the old fashion way:

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You pile a big load of wet clothes in the dryer, close the door, hit the on switch, and…Pop! There goes the circuit breaker. And when you try to start the dryer again, the same thing happens.

So what’s going on? Why is your dryer suddenly tripping the circuit breaker?

Before you blame the dryer, make sure that the problem doesn’t lie within the circuit breaker itself. Breakers can wear over time, and eventually reach a point where they trip easily, even when the electrical load is within limits.

But if the circuit breaker is not the problem, then you can go ahead and blame the dryer. And you’ll likely need a repairman’s help in diagnosing and repairing the problem.

There are several common problems that can cause a dryer to repeatedly trip the circuit breaker. Once the repairman has found the cause of the problem, it’s likely to be one of the following:

#1: Heating Element

When heating elements fail, it’s not uncommon for them to short out...

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And, of course, this happens when your laundry basket runneth over...

It's a snowy weekend in New Jersey, and with icy roads, college kids home for winter break (and with tons of laundry), young children building snowmen, and the holidays approaching, we've got no doubt that you're not busier than one can imagine.

And, of course, your laundry room reflects your lack of time, doesn't it?
So, you muster up the energy required and head to those fabulous machines that do the washing and drying for you. You open the door to your dryer expecting to remove a load of dry towels only to find a pile of damp towels that you strategically placed in the dryer earier.

OH NO! What to do?

Here are 5 things you can check that might confirm you need a dryer repair.

Check the circuit breaker or power source for your dryer. Sometimes a tripped breaker or flipped switch is the culprit. Check the switch by the dryer door. If the switch isn't working properly your...
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You pull the clothes out of the washer and toss them into the dryer, only to find that when you hit the button nothing happens. Even though most clothes dryers are built to withstand as many as 10 or 15 years of use, these home appliances do occasionally show signs of problems well before that. If you have a dryer that refuses to work, your first inclination may be to call on an appliance repair technician for help. While this is always a good thing, there are a few simple things you can do to make sure that what you are dealing with is not something you can fix on your own.

Always check the power source first.

Clothes dryers have heating elements, and therefore they do consume a lot of energy and occasionally will trip a breaker if there is too much of a load being put on a single electrical breaker from that part of the house. Go ahead and check the breaker box to make sure that the designated breaker has not been thrown if the clothes dryer will not come on. If...

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2nd Timer. The timer on the dryer must be turned to a selection on the drying cycle. For testing purposes, it is common for repair to set the timer to 30 minutes on the timed cycle. Turn the timer clockwise and listen to the action. Do you hear clicks and it appears that the timer knob is actuating the timer? If not, pull the knob off and inspect it. Sometimes the knob is broken and will not turn the timer mechanism. Normally the timer knob is reinforced with a metal clip, check to see if the metal clip has fallen off or if there is a crack in the plastic where the timer connects to the mechanism. This is a great problem to discover because it fixes your dryer for about 15 dollars.

3rd Start Switch. The start switch is the switch that is activated to start the dryer. Most commonly, the switch is activated by pressing a button or turning a knob. If your dryer starts by turning a knob, pull the knob off and inspect it carefully. A broken dryer start knob is a great...

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Dryer Heats for 30 Secs; Coil Dies Out

My Montg Wards dryer heats for 30 secs then heating coil dies out. Dryer keeps turning but not heating so takes more than 2 hrs. to dry a load. To complicate matters, I removed some screws from back of machine and when I tried to return them to original condition, found no receptacle for them to go into. Now drum makes noise like its loose. I will take the whole thing apart if there is an adjustment that will make it better. But if the heating coil problem needs a serviceman or woman then I need advice to repair or replace.
This dryer was here when we moved in 8 years ago. Do you know how long a dryer should last? If your advice is to replace, what is a good brand or what ?s should I ask?

The reason you can't replace the screws is that the section that holds the drum support is out of alignment and no longer held in place by the screws you removed. I would have to dismantle the dryer, and remove the drum to line...

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Kenmore is a dryer brand typically made for Sears by the Whirlpool Corporation. Dryer manufacturers install several components that cut electrical power to the heating element under certain conditions. Sometimes the dryer drum may turn, but a lack of power to the heating element leaves clothes wet after the dryer completes its cycle. Troubleshooting the problem takes a systematic approach. Be sure to unplug the dryer from the wall before opening it to troubleshoot inside the dryer cabinet.

Power to Dryer

Dryers operate on 240-volt power. The motor that operates the drum requires just 120 volts of electricity, while the heating element needs all 240 volts. Most dryers, therefore, have power split between two circuits at the home’s main electrical panel. Occasionally one of these two breakers trips, which cuts power to the heating element. You can check whether the breaker is tripped, or flip both dryer breakers off and on a few times. An alternative method is...

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Ignites; Won't Stay On

My GE gas dryer ignites but will not stay on. It seems like it is running in the fluff or low heat mode all the time. How are the temp sensors tested and which sensor is for which range?

First check the exhaust vent to the outside do you have a strong flow of air?
Is the lint passage free of lint? Are the blower vanes clear of lint?

A simple test for the sensors, I would bypass the wires to the thermosensor and operate the dryer. If the heat now stays on the sensor is usually bad. Also if the flame backs up the safety thermo can kick out to protect against fires. Usually due to plugged lint somewhere.

Dryer Heats for 30 Secs; Coil Dies Out

My Montg Wards dryer heats for 30 secs then heating coil dies out. Dryer keeps turning but not heating so takes more than 2 hrs. to dry a load. To complicate matters, I removed some screws from back of machine and when I tried to return them to original condition,...

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First, make sure everything is unplugged before you start to tinker inside your dryer. Also, depending on the style of your dryer, pull the back door or hatch off slowly so that you don't accidentally rip off the wires.

Note that some old dryers also have very loose tumbler drums. So, when opening the back door hold the drum in place to stop it from banging around inside the dryer compartment.


Cleaning is very important for your dryer — after opening up my clothes dryer after about 10 years of use, I could tell it really needed some regular maintenance and cleaning.

There was an amazing layer of dust covering everything, while the actual box compartment was full of dust and little bits of sand. For newer dryers, this may be less of a problem. However, sometimes, if you hear your drum spinning a bit loudly it may just be a large layer of dust and...

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Those of you who’ve been here since the start of The Frugal Girl (lo, these 4.5 years ago!) will remember that I was an enthusiastic line-dryer back then.

But these days, most of my laundry is going into the dryer.


Well, I’m a big believer in choosing frugal tasks that you don’t despise (assuming you have the luxury of choosing at all). And after line-drying my laundry for over a year, I was starting to despise it.

Maybe if my family was smaller, maybe if the weather was warm and sunny more days of the year, maybe if I had more time…then ok, I might still be line-drying.

Oh. And if it actually saved me more than a couple hundred dollars a year, that would give me some fresh motivation.

(I did the calculations, and was a little surprised by the dismally small number I came up with for a year of hanging my laundry.)

So, between the despising of the whole thing and the fact that it wasn’t saving me that much money, I...

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A Safe Bed to Sleep In

By J. Camphill

Like the late singer/songwriter, Kim Palmer, sings, “It’s hard to get good rest.” People with MCS often have trouble finding tolerable bed and bedding, as it is usually at night that we are the most sensitive, and bedding is literally in our faces all night.

This article draws from the experiences of several people and what worked for them. Some of the situations are extreme. Fortunately, many of us do not have to go that far.

What works for some does not work for all. We are all different, so make sure to test a product before spending a lot of money.


In many cases, it is not too hard to set up a safe bed. If cotton is ok, it may work well to buy about seven all-cotton mattress pads to sleep on, instead of a mattress or futon. They can be washed in a washing machine and dried in a dryer or on a clothesline, so they are much easier to break in than a mattress or...

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Yes, "across your heart" that MIGHT be true. That's to say if you pushed metal pins through your chest that touched your heart on both sides and put that voltage and current thorugh.

Here's the thing about voltage and current and why I kind of chuckle when people say it's the amps that kill not the volts. Ohm's law states that volts and amps are directly related. Volts = Amps x Resistance. People never say, resistance is what kills, although that would have the same merrit in my mind. You see, depending on how far away the wires are when they touch you, how moist your skin is, how much water you drank etc determines the resistance of you and the circut you'll be completing when you touch the wires. When you touch wires in your house you will ALWAYS experience that voltage (110V in USA 220 elswhere). Voltage is a constant in this equation if we're talking about house wiring (except dryer,stove) Depending on the resistance YOU create (distance of wires when they touch you...

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