Stuck trying to figure out why your dryer keeps tripping your circuit breaker?

I know how annoying it can be to have this happen. After all, dryers should make our lives easier, not the opposite.

If your dryer keeps tripping your breaker, chances are you have an old or weak circuit breaker, the heating element is faulty, or the drive motor is damaged. Moreover, if the wires attached to the terminal block are loose, you won’t be able to solve the issue.

But don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place to get this problem fixed.

Keep reading to learn more about why your dryer is constantly tripping your breaker and forget all about this issue!

6 Reasons Why Your Dryer Keeps Tripping Your Circuit Breaker (With Fixes)

#1 Weak Circuit Breaker

First and foremost, you need to check the circuit breaker itself. In many cases, the problem that you’re experiencing may be due to a weak circuit breaker instead of a defective component in the dryer.

Circuit breakers suffer wear and tear over the years and will wear out over time. As a result, they weaken and are unable to handle the same electrical load they once were. When this happens, they need to be replaced. This is particularly true if you live in an older home that has not had its electrical system upgraded in the last decade or two.

To test your circuit breaker, an amperage meter can be used. This tool is used while your dryer is turned on and running. You’ll test the voltage supply of lines one and two.

During the test, the amperage reading should not be below 30. If it is, this is indicative of your circuit breaker potentially being weak and requiring replacement.

Without proper training, replacing a circuit breaker can be a dangerous task. Therefore, if you are not qualified, you should consult with a professional electrician to switch out your old circuit breaker with a new one.

Worried woman calling a professional to fix her dryer
If you do not have experience working with electricity, it is highly recommended to call a professional.

#2 Heating Element

In the event the circuit breaker is fine, then the next component to look at is the heating element. This part is what heats the air that circulates through the drum of the dryer.

If this part is defective, it could potentially short out the housing, resulting in the dryer tripping the breaker.

To tell whether the heating element is good or bad, use a multimeter tool to check for continuity. To do this, first, turn off the power to the dryer. Pull it out from the wall/cabinet and remove the panels so you can access the element. Your owner’s manual can show you the location of the heating element.

Once you locate the heating element, use the multimeter to test each terminal for continuity. If there is continuity, then the heating element is faulty and must be replaced. In the event the heating element in the dryer passes the continuity test, please keep reading.

#3 Heating Element Assembly

In a number of instances, when the heating element stops working properly, it can often cause the entire heating element assembly to short out. This can explain why your dryer is tripping the breaker.

In order to tell if the assembly is the problem, you can use a multimeter to check for continuity, just like you did with the heating element.

Simply go through the same steps you did with the heating element. If there is continuity, the part is defective and needs to be replaced. However, if one part passes the continuity test, then you can check the next part.

#4: Drive Motor

The drive motor is responsible for ensuring that the drum turns while the appliance is running. While rare, a drive motor can fail. When it does happen, the part may be internally shorting out, resulting in your dryer tripping the breaker.

To tell whether the drive motor is your issue or not, switch off the power to the dryer and pull it out from the dryer if it isn’t already. Then, remove the panels so that you’re able to access the part.

Once you’ve done that, please locate the drive motor, and use a multimeter to test the component for continuity like you have with the heating element and heating element assembly.

Again, if there is continuity, which shows that the part has shorted out, it will need to be replaced. If the drive motor is fine, though, then simply move on to check the next dryer component on the list.

One of the most common models of dryer motors
To replace an engine with these characteristics, it is important to have the knowledge, if not, we recommend calling a professional.

#5 Terminal Block

If you have an electric-powered dryer, there will be a series of cords that are attached to a terminal block. In the event these wires ever become loose or deteriorate, they may arc.

If this happens, the terminal block can suffer damage, potentially causing the wires to shorten against the dryer and causing the circuit breaker to trip.

While this doesn’t happen frequently, you should check the terminal block, especially if you’ve tried the fixes above, but your dryer keeps tripping the breaker.

In order to check the condition of your terminal block, you will first need to locate the component. Check to see if any of the wires appear loose. If they do, please tighten them.

Next, check to see if any of the wires appear as if they’re arcing. If they do, you’ll need to replace them.

Once you’ve followed the steps above, you can switch your dryer on and see if the dryer trips the circuit breaker again. If you’re having issues, please move on to the next possible problem.

#6 Internal Short

If your issue isn’t with the circuit breaker or any of the aforementioned components, then it may be an internal short that is causing the dryer to trip the breaker.

There are many components inside your dryer that could cause an internal short, such as a faulty door switch, a defective time, a bad motor, or the on/off switch failing to operate properly.

A multimeter can be used to test each of these components to determine if they are good or if there is a shortage with one of them. If you find a faulty component, it will need to be repaired or replaced.


Hopefully, by the end of this article, you have successfully solved the solution to why your dryer is tripping your home’s circuit breaker. More often than not, it’s going to be one of the six reasons listed above. If, for whatever reason, it’s not, you’ll need to reach out to a professional for further assistance, as there could be a more serious underlying cause for what you’re currently experiencing.

When you’re experiencing trouble with your appliances, we hope you’ll check out some of our other troubleshooting articles. Thank you for reading, and again, we hope that we have helped you solve your problem!