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No Power to my Electric Clothes Dryer

Electrical Troubleshooting Tips for a Clothes Dryer: Dryer Outlet that is Not Working, testing the right circuit breaker.


Dryer Outlet that is Not Working

Electrical Question: My clothes dryer is not working.

  • I tested the dryer plug with my tester and I am not getting and power out the socket at all.
  • I tested the breaker and I am reading 233 volts.
  • The dryer is brand new so what could it be.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Aaron in Dallas, Texas.

Electrical Troubleshooting Tips for a Clothes Dryer

  • Make sure you are testing the right circuit breaker at the panel.
  • Positively identify the dryer circuit, shut it off then inspect the wiring at the dryer outlet.
  • Make sure the connections are right and secure.
  • After reinstalling the dryer outlet and cover turn the circuit breaker back on.
  • Test the outlet. If you do not have 230 volts then there is something wrong with the circuit wiring.
  • You can also test from each 120 volt leg to ground to see if partial power is present.
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