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Maytag Dryer Tripping Breaker


The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Dryer tripping breaker are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Most Frequent Causes for Dryer tripping breaker

Cause 1The Circuit Breaker is Weak

Over time, circuit breakers can weaken. If the circuit breaker is weak, it may trip too often, even if the amperage draw is below the limit. If you have already checked all of the potentially defective dryer components, consider having an electrician replace the circuit breaker.

Cause 2Drive Motor

Sometimes, when the drive motor fails, it shorts out internally, causing the dryer to trip the circuit breaker. To determine if the drive motor is at fault, use a multimeter to test it for continuity. If the motor windings are shorted out, replace the drive motor.

Drive Motor for your MaytagDryer
Drive Motor - Part # 2118676 Mfg Part # W10410999

Dryer drum drive motor. New style motor switch, see included instructions for details. The motor will need re-wiring.
Common symptoms of a bad drive motor are:
-Dryer stops turning during cycle
-Dryer won't start
-Dryer won't turn at all

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Cause 3Terminal Block

Electric dryer power cords attach to the dryer at a terminal block. If any of the wires on the terminal block are loose, they can arc and destroy part of the block. If this happens, one of the wires can short against the body of the dryer, causing the dryer to trip the breaker. This is not a common occurrence.

Terminal Block for your MaytagDryer
Terminal Block - Part # 1881 Mfg Part # 400008

Terminal block kit for cord with nuts and washers

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