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had a call today that a tumble dryer had stopped working, as it was for a friend said i would pop along.

anyway got there, this is what they had, ringmain in the kitchen. this ringmain fed a fused spur above the worktop, which then fed an unswitched s/o under the kitchen units, fused spur had a 13a fuse in it and board had 32a mcb with an rcd as it was a split board.

anyway pulled the tumble dryer out pulled the plug out for it and it crumbled in my hand with the live pin being stuck in the socket, the socket is wrecked burnt and cracked aswell which need replacing.

strange thing is though, the fuse didnt go in the fused spur neither did the mcb or rcd, even though the fuse in the tumble dryer plug has completly melted.

anyone got any views on this??? what caused it etc without anything blowing.

put a new plug on the tumble dryer and it now works fine, so very odd.
 
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Hey mate.

Sounds like a loose connection in the plug top or possibly the socket. No fault or overload as such just a lot of heat from the "arcing" between the cable and the terminal.

Cheers.
 
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Alan.P

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Hey mate.

Sounds like a loose connection in the plug top or possibly the socket. No fault or overload as such just a lot of heat from the "arcing" between the cable and the terminal.

Cheers.

Ditto that, with the plug top getting hot to the point of crumbling, i would hazzard a guess that the slack connection was at the live terminal within the plug top, I would check the wiring to the socket outlet to check for damage / brittleness / burning to be on the safe side.

HTH
 
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WarrenG

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Agree with Len,

A tumble dryer takes roughly between 2 - 3000 watts so the 13amp fuse in the spur should be ok.

Poor connection and arcing would cause the things you have described.
 
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KNIPEX

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well the state of the plug think i will agree but it was a factory fitted sealed plug, so done in the factory.

and the tumble dryer still works so the customer is happy :)
 
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WarrenG

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Althought factory fitted plugtop, it still could have been a faulty (mass produced and all that) however it was more likely to be a faulty connection in the socket outlet.
 

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May have also been a poor connection between the plug pin and socket causing the problem because of cheap socket make?
 
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