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Whirlpool 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 2Heating Element

Sometimes, if the heating element fails, it shorts out against the heater housing, causing the dryer to trip the circuit breaker. To determine if the heating element is at fault, use a multimeter to test each terminal for continuity to the case. If the heating element has continuity to the case, it is shorted out. If the heating element is shorted out, replace it.

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Heating Element for your WhirlpoolDryer
Heating Element - Part # 1180054 Mfg Part # WP8544771

Dryer heating element. If the dryer no longer heats then the heating element may have failed, but it is not the most common cause. The most common cause for a dryer to stop heating is a blown thermal fuse.

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Cause 3Drive 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 WhirlpoolDryer
Drive Motor - Part # 158 Mfg Part # 279787

Dryer drive motor. The drive motor drives the rotation of the dryer's drum. If the drive motor is defective, the dryer won't spin..

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Cause 4Terminal 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 WhirlpoolDryer
Terminal Block - Part # 527329 Mfg Part # WP3397659

Terminal block for power cord

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