Why does the dryer fuse keep blowing?
May 19, 2012 3:32 PM Subscribe
Why do my fuses keep blowing?
posted by justkevin to home & garden (8 answers total)
A few months ago the fuse blew on the dryer's circuit in the basement (the dryer is the only appliance on the circuit). I replaced both fuses (there are two on the circuit, one for each lead). A week later, another fuse blew.
Assuming the dryer was to blame (it was about 40 years old) I replaced the dryer.
Now the fuse has blown again. Each time a fuse has blown the dryer was in use, suggesting that the circuit is overloaded.
They are 30 amp fuses, which is the correct amperage according to the dryer manual and what's on the electrical box. The fuses are probably pretty old (the replacements I found just lying on top of the electrical box in a sealed blister pack and had probably been purchased years ago), but I didn't think fuses would expire.
What could be going wrong?