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How to Troubleshoot a Dryer Circuit and Outlet Problem

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Fix Your Electric Dryer Problems: The Most Common Problems with Electric Dryers and How to Fix Them.

Guide to Electric Dryer Problems and How to Fix Them

Electrical Question: I moved into my rental home and plugged my dryer in last Thanksgiving. Three weeks ago my clothes dryer wouldn’t start.

This electrical wiring question came from Amy, in Mesa, Arizona.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Amy.
The dryer circuit and wiring of the dryer outlet will require a series of inspections and repairs as indicated below. Until the problem has been identified and repaired the dryer circuit should be turned off.

How to Fix Your Electric Dryer Problems

Application: Troubleshooting a 240 Volt Dryer Circuit.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best repaired 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 240v dryer circuit, turn it OFF and then Tag it with a Note before making inspections, electrical wiring repairs or wiring modifications.

The Most Common Problems with Electric Dryers and How to Fix Them.
As an electrician, here’s what I would do to repair a dryer circuit or dryer outlet problem:

Guide to Dryer Circuit Problems and How to Fix Them

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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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