Freaky electrical outlet causes homeowner grief

Why does power shut off when running clothes dryer?

Dear Barry, I recently purchased a home and am having problems with the electrical outlet at the laundry. The clothes dryer keeps popping the GFCI breaker. This was never mentioned by our home inspector. What could be causing this, and what is the solution? --Suzanne Dear Suzanne, Before addressing the GFCI problem at your laundry, a little background information would be helpful. GFCI outlets (ground fault circuit interrupters) are required in locations where persons using electrical devices might be exposed to water. Commonly, we find them in bathrooms, kitchens, garages, exterior locations, at sinks, and near pools and spas. Most people have seen GFCI outlets (the ones with the test and reset buttons between the plug-in receptacles), but many are not aware of their purpose. In the event that someone receives an electric shock while using a GFCI-protected device, the GFCI senses the imbalance in current flow and immediately disconnects the circuit. In other words, GFCIs prevent accid...