How Do I Troubleshoot My Clothes Dryer Circuit?
By Dave Rongey - Summary:|
How to Check a Electric Clothes Dryer Circuit: Why a Clothes Dryer Stopped Working and What to Check.
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Clothes Dryer Stopped Working
- I have an electric clothes dryer that stop working.
- I tested the 220 volt dryer outlet to see if it was getting power and its not.
- There is no electric power to the dryer.
- How do I troubleshoot the plug to find out what the problem may be.
Background: James, a Handyman from Eight Mile, AL.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question James.
How to Check a Electric Clothes Dryer Circuit
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced, best performed by a licensed electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with hand tools and electrical troubleshooting skills.
Precaution: Identify the circuit, turn it OFF and then Tag it with a Note before performing any wiring or inspections.
Notice: Electrical troubleshooting is best performed by a qualified electrical contractor.
Why a Clothes Dryer Stopped Working and What to Check
Electric Dryer Circuit Checklist
- Go to the electric circuit breaker panel.
- Look for a tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse.
- The circuit breaker is typically a 2-pole 30 amp.
- Turn the circuit breaker all the way off, then back on.
- If the breaker was tripped the dryer may restart, however the key is to find out why the circuit tripped off and correct the problem.
- Unplug the dryer and visually inspect the unit for possible problems. For example: Look for burnt wiring or a control that is faulty or damaged.
- If a control is found to be defective, or there is a problem with internal wiring then an appliance repair man should be consulted.
More about Electric Clothes Dryers and Electric Circuit Wiring
Wiring a Dryer Cord
- See an electric dryer installation with a typical 220 Volt electric power cord wiring system.
- You may find yourself with either a 3-wire or 4-wire electric dryer, or a 3-wire or 4-wire outlet.
- Lets look a how the electric dryer is wired and what to do if your cord does not match the plug.
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