Electric dryers typically require a 220 volt line to work, because their heating elements run off of this kind of power. A higher amount of electricity may pose a greater risk of severe fires should a short in the wiring occur. An excessive draw of energy or electricity can trip a breaker or blow a fuse. This is a natural response of any machine to protect its sensitive components from further damage because of the excessive current it receives,
as well as to prevent home fires. The same is true for dryers and other dryer components that operate off of lower voltage. When a circuit trips or a fuse blows in the machine, it is usually because of too much power drawn from the power source.
In some cases, you may notice a problem with one component of your dryer while other components seem to work fine. Short circuits like these may be caused by problems with internal wiring, the heating element, or the main power line. Trouble shooting these kinds of problems is important as they may pose risks of greater damage and more destructive incidents when left unattended. Fortunately, detecting problems is quite easy and uncomplicated.
Most of the time, all you need to do is unplug the dryer so you can check to see if the fuse or the circuit breaker remains on while the machine is unplugged. If one or both of these components do stay on, it is more than likely that the problem lies somewhere within the dryer’s internal mechanism. If the circuit trips or the fuse blows when the dryer is plugged, it is more likely that the problem is in your fuse box, house wiring or circuit breaker. In any case, it is best to contact a professional repair person to deal with the issue.