Turning Off a 220 Outlet Without Flipping Breaker?

My dryer control panel stays warm when not in use. I am unplugging it when done with laundry as the breaker is outside. Can I get a switch put in next to it to turn it off?



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June 11, 20130 found this helpful

Any time a wire, outlet, or part of an appliance is warm to the touch when not in use the user is getting a very important warning of a serious electrical problem!

A clothes dryer is not 'on stand-by' the way a TV or stereo is, so the info that your dryer control panel is warm after being allowed to cool from a drying cycle is worrisome. Something in that panel has broken, frayed, or otherwise become damaged.

You need to have a licensed, qualified, and insured repair tech in as soon as you can to repair it. Try your dryer manufacturer's website to find a factory trained repair tech, and also check to see if your model has been recalled for the problem.


Some have (Beko dryers and fridge-freezers have been here in the UK and for the same reason-several home fires have happened from faulty control panels) and the recalled models are being replaced or repaired at the manufacturer's cost.

I understand how important the use of a clothes dryer is in today's busy world but you are risking a fire every time you plug that one in and use it.

In a perfect world I would advise not using the dryer until you have it repaired but it's not a perfect world. So if you are budget-tight and must use the dryer before having it fixed, never leave the dryer running when you cannot constantly check to make sure a fire hasn't started while in use. And yes do keep unplugging it between uses-be careful when you unplug it so that you don't suffer a potentially fatal shock-a faulty control panel can also cause a dangerously high voltage shock if not repaired quickly.


Please update when you have had the appliance repaired, I'm going to be thinking of you and your household until hearing the danger has passed!

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