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Old 08-06-2013, 02:44 PM   #1
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My cousin called yesterday. Her son was doing laundry when the dryer receptacle started sparking and smoking..
It tripped the breaker eventually.
I didn't notice any loose connections on the wiring side. I'm guessing poor connection with the cord and receptacle is the culprit.
I didn't get a pic but there is smolder marks all up the wall above where the receptacle used to be.
I had to strip it back a foot or so and re mount it higher on the wall.
I would say they were lucky someone was home to notice.. could have been bad.

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Old 08-06-2013, 02:49 PM   #2
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Yeah looks kind of worn.
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I hear some scientist working deep underground in Virginia are creating a 30 amp DP AFCI breaker as I write.
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Please check & clean the heating coils in the dryer.
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Please check & clean the heating coils in the dryer.
How would that make a difference in terms of what happened to the plug? If air flow is a concern the blower and venting assembly is often an even bigger problem.
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The dryer wasn't even running when my cousins son saw it smoking.which is weird but....
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How would that make a difference in terms of what happened to the plug? If air flow is a concern the blower and venting assembly is often an even bigger problem.
I've seen in the past were a dirty heating coil snaps & grounds out. Not enough to trip the breaker, but enough to melt the receptacle.
The OP stated he saw no loose connections, so IMO, start looking for the less obvious.
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I've seen in the past were a dirty heating coil snaps & grounds out. Not enough to trip the breaker, but enough to melt the receptacle.
The OP stated he saw no loose connections, so IMO, start looking for the less obvious.
True, but its more of an issue with age, usually accelerated by those who don't clean the lint trap or have ridiculously long runs to the exterior. Whats sad with most dryers is only one side is protected via high limits/thermal fuses and the other by the motor centrifugal switch which is non temperature dependent. Things get interesting when a ground out happens during a cycle
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True, but its more of an issue with age, usually accelerated by those who don't clean the lint trap or have ridiculously long runs to the exterior. Whats sad with most dryers is only one side is protected via high limits/thermal fuses and the other by the motor centrifugal switch which is non temperature dependent. Things get interesting when a ground out happens during a cycle
Your right, and it can be dangerous.. I also hate seeing them darn plastic ducts. Man they smoke quickly..
I moved my fridge once a few years ago. The plug was a melted goo when I went to unplug it. The fridge looked and ran great, until that moment. LoL
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I hear some scientist working deep underground in Virginia are creating a 30 amp DP AFCI breaker as I write.
I don't know what difference that would make, since the damn things don't work anyway.
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