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How Do I Troubleshoot My Clothes Dryer Circuit?

How to Check a Electric Clothes Dryer Circuit: Here Are Some Quick Checks to Make for a Testing an Electric Clothes Dryer Circuit.


I have a Clothes Dryer that 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.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question James.

How to CheckĀ  a Electric Clothes Dryer Circuit

Preparations
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
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.

Here Are Some Quick Checks to Make for Testing an Electric Clothes Dryer Circuit

Electric Dryer Circuit Checklist

  1. Go to the electric circuit breaker panel.
  2. Look for a tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse.
  3. The circuit breaker is typically a 2-pole 30 amp.
  4. Turn the circuit breaker all the way off, then back on.
  5. If it was tripped the dryer might restart.
  6. The key is to find out why it tripped off in the first place.
  7. Unplug the dryer and visually inspect the unit for possible problems.
  8. Look for burnt wiring or any control that is not functioning normally.
    • If a control is found to be defective, or there is a problem with internal wiring thenĀ  an appliance repair man should be consulted.
  • Optional Rebuilt or Reconditioned Clothes Dryer
    • Keep in mind that thrift shops or appliance parts dealers may have used or rebuilt clothes dryers available.

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