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Whirpool Duet Sport Power Failure that trips the breaker

I have a Whirlpoop Duet Sport Dryer. It keeps tripping the breaker and saying that it had a power failure. I have cleaned the lint everywhere I can think of but it still does it. We have had the dryer for several years and are just now having this problem. What is causing this and how do I fix it?
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Fred M
If it runs okay in Air Dry then the problem is likely with the heating circuit. One possibility is a broken or shorted element. The image below will show how to access the element to check this. Remember to unplug the dryer first.

Another possiblilty is a weak circuit breaker. The dryer will draw approximately 28 amps with the motor and element on. If a 30 amp breaker trips while drawing 28 amps then the breaker is the problem. A clamp on amp meter would be needed to check this.
by Fred M Earned 3,489 community points in Dryers
October 13th, 2011
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The dryer does not trip the breaker when I run the Air Dry cycle. What does that mean?
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by Manage My Life
October 13th, 2011
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Fred M
Thanks for the model number. I'd still suggest trying the Air Dry cycle with no heat and see if the breaker trips. Any other checks will require a volt meter and access to the terminal block of the dryer in the rear.

This is a 240 volt dryer so only someone who is comfortable with a volt meter should check the voltage at the terminal block.

Normally there would be a black, red and white wire at the terminal block. Between black to white and red to white should be 120 volts. Between the black to red would be 240 volts.

Let me know what you find if you do have a meter.

Without a meter a technician will be needed to check this problem.
by Fred M Earned 3,489 community points in Dryers
August 30th, 2011
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The model number is wed8300sw2
ser # is my0923012
by Manage My Life
August 29th, 2011
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Fred M
This problem will most likely need to be checked by a volt meter.

Checking live voltage is something only a technician or someone comfortable with a meter should attempt.

If the unit is a gas dryer with 120 volts then you might try a different outlet.

If the unit is an electric dryer then try running a no heat cycle and see if the breaker still trips and shows a power failure.

If you reply with a model number I can assist you further.
by Fred M Earned 3,489 community points in Dryers
August 24th, 2011
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Diagnosing Dryers can be difficult. While you wait for the expert to review your model, you can check a similar questions from a previous expert post if you like. I attached the links below. If you do decide to have a technician diagnose and make repairs, an option is to visit Sears Home Services and use the handy scheduler.
by Manage My Life
August 22nd, 2011
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