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Tumble dryer tripping the fuse box

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schilke Tue 09-Sep-08 10:02:14

Our tumble dryer (9 months old) lives in the shed and has been working fine. Last week put a load on to dry and came inside. Few minutes laster ds2 appeared from the basement saying the power had gone - checked fuse box and shed & basement(on the same ring) had tripped. Switched back on and everything fine. Went to shed later and tumble dryer was off and washing wet. Tried to switch back on but instantly tripped the fuse box.

We tried plugging it in to the kitchen socket, but tripped the fuse box. Changed fuse, but still nothing. Called Hoover and they're due here tomorrow. However dh tried to plug in lawn mower in shed socket yesterday and there is no power in the shed. If you plug anything in the shed socket it trips the fuse box.

Do you think some dodgy electrics have messed up the tumble dryer or the tumble dryer has messed up the electrics? I'm tempted to postpone the repairman as if he decides it was an electric problem that blew the tumble dryer we'll get charged for call out and the repair rather than it being covered on the warranty.

What do you think?

schilke Tue 09-Sep-08 13:28:33

Anyone? There must be someone on MN who understands electricity!

I've already changed to Friday as I think we need an electrician first.

lucysmam Tue 09-Sep-08 16:15:49

schilke, we have that problem with things being plugged in in the kitchen. Could be that you have too many things on at once, I usually have it when washer, dryer, & anything else in there are on at same time. But, electrician who came out to check electrics afer we flooded said it was to do with electrics, not the washer/dryer etc so could be worth getting it checked out

Miaou Tue 09-Sep-08 16:17:56

This happened to us re the dryer - turned out I hadn't cleared out the filter adequately blush and water was dripping into the electrics (oops)

Took the filter out and dried it all out for a couple of days, then put it back in and everything worked fine. Dryer still going strong.

forevercleaning Tue 09-Sep-08 16:18:40

same problem here with my double oven. cannot use top one without tripping thw whole downstairs. no idea why, just never use it now.

schilke Tue 09-Sep-08 20:06:23

Thanks for the replies.
It is in the shed and is the only thing in there, apart from the light, so I don't think it can be overloaded. Now we have no power in the shed so need an electrician for sure.

The filter was clean, but I could try taking it out. As you may have noticed there has been a lot of rain lately so I did wonder whether the shed had leaked under the door and the dryer had got wet.

Forevercleaning - do you have another oven?!

blithedance Tue 09-Sep-08 20:19:14

Do get it sorted. I know a family whose tumble dryer caught fire and the consequences were pretty serious.

Outside power (to the shed) should be RCD protected so there may be some dampness that is tripping the RCD.

Will ask DH when he gets home, he certainly knows about electricity.

Jux Tue 09-Sep-08 20:23:36

Aha, the Green Police have found you and messed with your wiring.

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