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i have a question on my 240v outlet for my dryer
down at the circuit breaker i check across the red and black wires the double breaker and it says 240
up at the outlet i only have 120 between the white and red. only 15 or between white and black. and then across red and black i have less than 120 it seems
i took the outlet off incase there was an issue with that
so i'm just checking the wires
Did you check to make sure you have a good nice tight connection at the breaker? Also do you have any other 240v appliances?
yes a stove on a seperate breaker set
i srewed the circuit breaker down tighter
i check the 240 on the wire tha was exposed coming out of the breaker
this happened all of a sudden by the way. i thought there was an issue with the dryer at first
How old is the home?
built in 78
not sure about the wiring
What brand are the breakers?
is it possible to have 240 on the wires at the breaker but not at the end of the cable?
like i said this was working fine for years and then just stopped
Here is what you can do. Just for testing only. Take the wires off of the breaker for your 240v stove. Put the dryer wires on it. Then test the wires again. This way we can see if the problem is the breaker itself. I have seen this happen before and it was the breaker. Other times it has been the panel buss bar, and other times it has been a loose connection somewhere in between the breaker and dryer.
do you think there are connections in between. wouldn't it be just one wire
You've got an old place, there could be splices anywhere. Normally you would have a straight dedicated circuit to the dryer, but i have seen many things not the way they should be.
I have a feeling it's going to be a breaker issue. That is where I would start
so should i go try that switching the circuit breaker. will you be here in 15 minutes or so?
I'll be here.
120 from white to red
and 15 from white to black
And what do you get from black to red?
it is like 60
which i don't get?
Do you have a attic access?
yes, bu not sure it would be up there
circuit breaker is in basement
and dryer is on first floor
we have a two floor colonial
I see. Let me opt out, and maybe one of the electricians here can help you further along. They will be able to read our conversation, and continue where we left off. Sometimes it takes a while for someone to respond, but someone will come along. Is that ok with you?
just to get a different opinion
what are you general thoughts it is somewhere in between?
Since it did the same thing with a different breaker, and that breaker is in a different position, the we eliminated that the problem is not the buss bar in the panel. We eliminated that the problem is not the breaker. You took off the plug, and tested directly to the wires. Only thing left is the wires.
can that just happen all of a sudden
It's something that's been going on a long time and just finally gave up. Every time that dryer is running, the wire gets hot, cools off. Expands, contracts. If there is a splice somewhere and wire nuts are holding the wires together, they eventually fail
so what is a method of following.. do you have to rip the walls apart
Your best course of action is going to be a electrician that will be able to tone out where the wire is going, and will be able to find the fault. Without special equipment, it's not even worth trying to find it yourself.
why would it say 15v instead of 120v... it isn't a complete open. also why would it say 60v across red and black... wouldn't it add 120 + 15?
It all comes down to a loose connection.
you think it is worth talking to someone else like you said?
Sure thing. I'll opt out. Thank you for your time.
Getting another opinion is always good.
electrical panel is in the basement. dryere is on first floor on the other side of the house
i just see it run up above and then disappear
looks like up and into hte house