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The dryer tripped the breaker. Have it repaired. Don't try to use it again. You could cause a fire.

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Q: Did my dryer trip the breaker or vice versa when I turned the breaker back on but now the dryer won't work?
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I recently had some electrical work done in my basement and since then my dryer isn't drying the clothes as fast and the light no longer works is this connected?

It sounds like only one side/leg of the 220v circuit is connected or part of the breaker is not turned on... first I would check the breaker box... find the two switch breaker that runs the dryer and turn it off and back on. If this does not cure the problem, call the electrician back and tell him to come correct his mistake...

Did i do any damage to my 30 amp dryer wire by crossing it to trip the circuit breaker accidentially?

Visually inspect the wire at the short contact point. If there is no copper loss and the wire was not reduced (big crater hole) where the contact was made you are OK. If there was copper loss then cut the wire back to where the conductor is good and reconnect the dryer. There should be no damage to the dryer if it was not turned on. The breaker tripping was doing its job of protecting the wire from the over current.

Does power go to a turned on breaker?

Turning the breaker on allows the power to flow through to the outlets, lights, and appliances on that circuit, so yes power goes to and through a turned on breaker. If the breaker is off, but the main power is on, power still get to the breaker, usually from the bus bar that runs down the middle of the back of the breaker box.

What causes the electric dryer breaker to kick?

The only reason the dryer breaker will trip is it senses an overload or a short circuit on the circuit. To test this unplug the dryer and see if the breaker will stay latched. If it does then the wiring to the receptacle is not at fault. If you want to delve further into the problem, leave the dryer unplugged and remove the inspection panel at the back of the dryer and check the connections. Sometimes the screw terminals become loose and corroded and cause the dryer to draw more current. To compensate for the higher resistance at the faulty terminals the dryer will try to draw more current that the breaker will allow. If everything looks good after trying both of these things it is time for a repairman to come in and look at the dryer itself, as the fault is probably an internal problem within the dryer body.

Can you replace the 30A cord from a dryer with the 50A cord usually used for a range so it can be plugged into a range receptacle?

Yes, with a caveat. The 50A wire and plug is more than heavy enough for the dryer, so there is no problem there. The possible problem is that the dryer is designed to be protected by a 30A breaker. In the event of failure in the dryer, the breaker may not trip as it is oversized. The best solution? Get a small breaker box from a home center and mount a 30A breaker in it. Mount it on the back of the dryer, run the 50A cord into the feed lugs of the box, and connect the dryer feed to the 30A breaker. This way you can plug the dryer into the 50A outlet like you want, and the dryer is protected with a 30A breaker as usual. You can get small breaker boxes or fused disconnects without too much cost. Just make sure the breaker box / disconnect panel is rated to 50A, as you want to feed it off a 50A circuit. As long as the voltage requirement of the dryer matches the voltage of the outlet (which is presumably 240 volts), then yes. The amp rating of the cord and outlet is merely the maximun current (amps) allowed. You're well under that with 24 amps.

Can you conect your dryer to a heater circuit?

The circuit must be able to supply enough current for the dryer. That can be checked somewhere on the back of the dryer. But a heater circuit can usually supply a fairly large current. If the dryer takes too much current you will trip the circuit breaker or blow the fuse.

You were shocked by a dryer receptacle is there any danger?

Yes there is a serious danger. The breaker should be tripping under this condition and not allowing the frame of the dryer to become electrically energized. It means that the ground wire is missing from the dryer receptacle or the dryer cord is not grounded to the machine. Shut the breaker off to the dryer and remove the dryer receptacle. Look for a bare copper wire. It should be bonded to the box and then to the receptacles U shaped pin hole. If this end is fine check the dryer end where the cord goes into the back of the dryer to make sure the green ground wire is connected to the frame of the dryer. If you don't feel competent of doing this get some electrical help as this condition needs to be repaired before you use the dryer again. If you were shocked and recovered, you will be OK You should report it though because it could kill someone, for example, if they had a heart problem of some kind.

If a Clothes dryer is wired to 20 amp breaker will it damage it?

It may not damage the dryer. But....if the dryer tries to use more than 20 amps, or if anything else is connected to the breaker totaling MORE than 20 amps, the breaker will pop. The breaker disconnects (throws, pops, etc.) if there is too much current being drawn. Too many light bulbs, heaters, stoves, etc. This is designed as a safety so that wires don't melt, fires start and so on. Consult the manufacturer to see if is OK. Or at least look at the label on back to see how many amps it uses. If it's even close to 20 amps, it might be good to have an electrician see about upgrading the breaker/ wiring.

Where is the vent hose?

Attached to the back of the dryer.

Where is the motor in the hair dryer?

The motor is housed at the back of the hair dryer just behind the vent.

My 110 washer will work my 220 dryer will work. why will it throw breaker when both are plugged in on separate breakers?

Your 110 volt washer receptacle sounds like it is not a dedicated circuit directly fed from the distribution panel as it should be. It sounds like someone has tapped off of one side of the dryer receptacle hot and neutral terminals and run them to the receptacle for the washer. If true, this would have been done in the back side of the dryer receptacles which is located in the wall. You best get it checked out because it is likely the wire feeding the washer receptacle is a #14 rated at 15 amps and is undersized for a 30 amp breaker. A #10 wire has the capacity to be connected to a 30 amp breaker which you should find the dryer's connection to be.

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