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Speed Queen electric dryer - fried wire
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Post# 957440   9/13/2017 at 21:39 by dzr (Nj)        

So, my 6 year old Speed Queen electric dryer blew a circuit breaker and stopped heating. The repair person showed me a nicely burned wire. He replaced it and it's fine now.

What would cause that? Is there room for concern? The roller was replaced about a month ago. They claim there is no connection. It's out of warranty, but do I call Speed Queen?


Post# 957465 , Reply# 1   9/14/2017 at 00:12 by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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It would depend on what the wire was connected to.  My step-daughter's SQ dryer had a similar problem and I think it was related to a thermostat or other temperature related component.  Loose connections can often be the culprits with this type of thing.

Post# 957668 , Reply# 2   9/15/2017 at 15:01 by Combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Which Wire Connection Failed

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If it was on or near the heater and espically if it was the left rear roller that failed you vent system is partly cloged or certainly not ideal. A bad vent will cause the heater area to run hot and cause premature failures.

The component that the failed Wire was connected to weather the heater or a safety thermostat should have also been replaced to ensure a lasting repair.

John L.

Post# 957702 , Reply# 3   9/15/2017 at 19:27 by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        
What John said

There is a common failure wire ( common in a speed queen way i.e. Not common) near the timer or the heat selection switch. Replace the offending wire and whatever it plugs in to.

Post# 957865 , Reply# 4   9/17/2017 at 12:02 by dzr (Nj)        

Thanks. The repair person reached it from removing the front bottom panel. I can't see that it would be either switch.

Post# 957904 , Reply# 5   9/17/2017 at 19:01 by dzr (Nj)        

I also had the vent system professionally cleaned about 6 months ago.

Post# 957915 , Reply# 6   9/17/2017 at 20:21 by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        

That was a heater wire. Odd that it would fail so soon.

Post# 958125 , Reply# 7   9/19/2017 at 08:38 by mrb627 (Buford, GA)        
Vibration Issue

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My guess would be a vibration issue causing the insulation on the wire to rub against a foreign object, wear away, and eventually short. If another component caused the short, it would have been replaced with the wire, right?


Post# 958167 , Reply# 8   9/19/2017 at 16:46 by Combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Bad wire connection in the heater circuit

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This is very common on electric dryers, that I've had a lot of use.

It was not caused by vibration, but most likely aggravated by a less than ideal vent situation, even though you say the vent system was cleaned recently is it really to the manufacturer specifications ?

I would suggest running the dryer with the lower panel removed and a heavy load in it for a few minutes and see just how hot it's getting in the heater area if it's glowing bright red your vent system needs help.

John L

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