Dryer Tripping a GFCI Outlet?

After years of not having any problems, my electric dryer has starting tripping a GFCI outlet across the room (same line) when the dryer begins a cycle. Yet, the GFCI that it (the dryer) is plugged into is "not" tripped, so the dryer continues to function well without any issues!


The washing machine, plugged into the same receptacle as the dryer, does not trip the GFCI across the room; it functions without any issues.

The tripping happens immediately when the dryer begins to function (not when turned on, but rather, when the actual drying cycle begins).

When plugging the dryer into an extension cord which is connected to an outlet in another room (on a different line), the dryer functions normally, without any issues. So it is just the one receptacle located in the same room as the dryer that trips as a result of the dryer starting a cycle.

I changed the tripping GFCI outlet, and it continues to function perfectly, as long as the dryer is not being used.

Any ideas you may have about this curious situation which has suddenly developed would be greatly appreciated!

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October 18, 20180 found this helpful

The wire running from the outlet to the breaker may have malfunctioned. You are best off having a licensed electrician take care of it unless you are very familiar with electricity.

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October 18, 20180 found this helpful

I know two houses that have had serious fires from diy electrical projects--and one was dryer related. When it comes to electricity, unless you are a professional electrician, I always suggested to call in a pro.


Yes, I know it is super expensive and that is not cool, but sometimes safely has to come first! Let me know what they say. Good luck!!!!

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