Thread Number: 84130  /  Tag: Vintage Dryers
Kenmore electric dryer tripping breaker when door opened
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Post# 1084896   8/13/2020 at 00:38 (1,339 days old) by GregC (Pennsylvania)        

I am having a problem with a Kenmore model 110.7218622 electric clothes dryer. I installed a new heating element, thermostats and motor. All were put back exactly as they came off. The dryer will start and heat but as soon as I open the door it trips the breaker. It has now burnt the contacts inside the door switch from doing this. The electric panel and breakers have been replaced recently. I did not do any of the work on that end. Any ideas? Thanks, Greg

Post# 1084902 , Reply# 1   8/13/2020 at 03:12 (1,338 days old) by Adam-aussie-vac (Canberra ACT)        
When you open the door

It could be causing a short or a ground fault

Post# 1084926 , Reply# 2   8/13/2020 at 07:27 (1,338 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        

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Does your dryer have a drum light ? If so it could be a short in the light circuit,  socket,  bulb etc.


Try disconnecting the light wire on the DS and see what happens.


John L.

Post# 1084963 , Reply# 3   8/13/2020 at 16:11 (1,338 days old) by GregC (Pennsylvania)        

It looks like I fixed it! Yes it does have a drum light and the problem was in that circuit. I disconnected it and I happened to have a spare door switch with two prongs. I installed it and the dryer works as it should now. Thanks for the help.

Post# 1084991 , Reply# 4   8/13/2020 at 18:49 (1,338 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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John to the rescue!

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