Dryer heats & runs for 3 minutes, then blows the breaker on a 220V line when set on High Heat. On Low Heat, it takes about 8-10 minutes. I've replaced the motor, the timer and all 3 thermostat/limiter switches. Should I try replacing the Heater Element assembly? (Outside repairman sent me down the motor/timer path after I self-diagnosed the limiters/thermostats.)
ANSWER Tom, You don't need a heater element [AP2107129} you may want to remove the assembly and check to make sure the element isn't loose or expanding and touching the metal case, but the most likely issue is a weak circuit breaker, in the breaker box. If you can get access to a clamp on amp meter, clip the meter around one leg of the line cord you should read 18 to 20 amps with the heater energized. clamp around the other leg and you should draw 2 to 4 amps on the motor. If you're somewhere in that range the problems not in the dryer, it's a weak breaker.
Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com | Friday, August 29, 2014