Why does my tumble dryer keep tripping the electric?

(10 Posts)
LoveMyGirls Wed 31-Mar-10 11:12:22

What can I do about it? We just got back from holiday and have a ton of washing and it's raining so could do with sorting it out asap.


Snorbs Wed 31-Mar-10 11:27:55

If it's tripping the electric circuit breaker then there's something wrong with the dryer. The circuit breaker is there as a safety measure. I'd get someone out to have a look.

LoveMyGirls Wed 31-Mar-10 11:34:04

Damn........who do I call and how much is it likely to be? It's not under warantee anymore sad

Simply Wed 31-Mar-10 12:28:30

We had this problem recently with our year or so old td. The first chappie who came out told me to reach inside and clean the back bit where water can affect the element. As the book doesn't say to do this, just the filter at the front and empty the water (we have a condenser one, btw) then we hadn't been doing this. It continued to trip so we called them out again and the second chappie replaced the heater which he said was gunked up and the problem hasn't reoccurred.

Try cleaning the filter very thoroughly and also give your washing machine a maintenance wash as the chappie said that due to washing machines using less water these days, there can be too much soap residue left on clothes. This produces matter when the clothes are tumble dried and the water tracks along this gunk and affects the element. You can buy maintence wash stuff for the washing machine on e-bay. For now, though, you could put the clothes on a rinse wash in the washing machine after you've done the maintenance wash and this might help take away any residue left on the clothes. Then try tumble drying them, making sure you put very heavy wet things like towels and bed linen through a separate spin cycle in the w/m first.

Sorry for the long post. Hth.

Simply Wed 31-Mar-10 12:50:32

I've thought of something else. If the t/d is tripping the second you put it on then you probably need to wait for it (the element) to dry out. Empty it of any clothing, leave the door open for it to dry out and wait a few hours or overnight before you try again.

Please remember that I naff all about electrics and stuff and this is just what I remember from when we had the same problem a month or so ago. smile

LoveMyGirls Wed 31-Mar-10 12:52:23

Thanks that's fab, I really really don't want to buy a new one as they're so expensive, we need a condenser one because we have to keep it in a cupboard which is probably not good for it but it's either that or do without.

SelkirkGrace Wed 31-Mar-10 12:55:49

I too know nothing aobut electrics but had a similar problem at our old house and the elecrician told us the same thing about teh water as Simply mentions

KAEKAE Fri 02-Apr-10 23:49:05

You might need to clean the vent get rid of the fluff...the instructions for my TD says that it will trip if it overheats, and it will do this if the vent/filter doesn't get cleared from fluff.

LoveMyGirls Wed 07-Apr-10 16:53:45

Update - We took it apart and cleaned stuff and sprayed WD40 on bits of it (DH's bright idea with me stood over him saying are you sure it's ok to spray it on that bit/ spray that much!) so then he switched it on and smoke started pouring out so we dragged it in the garden hmm and left it until the next day then I tried again thinking as it didn't burst into flames or trip the electric even with the smoke then maybe it just needed to burn off the WD40 or something and then it would be fine...........no it tripped the electric after about 20 mins so we've given up and got a new one.

Monsi Fri 25-Nov-11 20:21:04

This did the trick, I had my drier up and running again in less than 10 minutes.
I simply took the back panel off dried the lying water with a cloth then blow dried through the fan vents for a couple of minutes...

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