Model #11086592820 Kenmore residential dryer

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Dryer model # 11086592820, runs for 10-15 minutes then pops breaker.


The links for previous answers that Pvalde2 provided in the above response may help you with this problem. Since the dryer runs for 10 to 15 minutes before tripping that breaker, this indicates that you could have a weak breaker in your house electrical panel. The amp draw of the dryer will normally need to be measured using a clamp-on ammeter to determine whether it is drawing excessive current. I recommend that you have a service technician perform this type of test. Here is a link for the Sears Service website: Sears Home Services .

When a dryer is overloaded, it will normally cause the motor to overheat and the motor will kick out on the thermal overload protector. After the motor cools down for about a half hour, the dryer can often be restarted. If this describes your situation then you may be overloading the dryer. There is not an exact guide for the amount of clothes that you can load in a dryer. The image below shows some general guidelines that you may be able to use. Loading laundry in excess of those guidelines could cause problems.

If that motor is kicking out on the thermal overload, you could have a bad (or worn out) drive motor. That component may need to be replaced. That motor could be shorting out and tripping the electrical breaker.

A short in the wiring or another component in the dryer could also cause that breaker to trip.

If the house breaker is okay, I recommend that you have a service technician diagnose and repair the dryer. A short can sometimes be difficult to find. I don't recommend that you continue to use the dryer until the cause of this problem can be diagnosed and repaired. A short circuit in the dryer is a serious safety hazard.

I hope that this information helps. If you need more assistance, reply with additional details and we will try to help you further.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
May 18, 2011