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OT - hairdryer help!!

I bought a new hairdryer this past summer that I love. It worked great...until I moved. My hairdryer that was strong, hot, powerful turned slow and started to make a humming noise, instead of the normal loud-ish noise. I know hairdryers do not have long shelf-lives, so I originally assumed it was useless and broken. Then I brought it to my parents house, plugged it in and it was back to being powerful & working great. Is there anything I can do/buy to fix this? I am guessing that it means my outlets dont have as much power or voltage as others? Has anyone else ever dealt with this???


Thu. Apr 3, 10:29am

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It may be worth it to have an electrician come in and check the power flow to the outlet. If there is a problem with the wiring where you live now it could lead to damaged electronics, a ramped up power bill and possibly something horrible like shock or fire.
I'd say it's worth it to have it checked out!

Thursday, April 03, 2008, 10:43 AM

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My first thought was the hair dryer may have a 120/240 volt switch on it and you switched it accidentally. But it doesn't seem logical that you'd also switch it back and forth accidentally whenever you go from one place to another.
The thought of paying $100 for about 5 minutes of attention from a master electrician is painful, but I guess it's the right thing to do. It's not really hard but you need the right education to know what to look for and how to find it. Some faults can be found just by eyeball, and others require a suitable meter.

Thursday, April 03, 2008, 12:27 PM

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Sounds like that circuit may be overloaded and/or inadequate. Is this a house or apt? How old is it? Turn off the breaker for the bathroom - are there lots of other things that don't turn on now? Do you have lots of stuff running while you dry? It may just be old, or it's possible too many other things are drawing power at the same time and your dryer isn't drawing quite the amount of juice it needs.

If it's old you may want to update it, but if it's just overloaded you may be able to improve performance by turning off some other things (of course you may still want to have it updated).

Thursday, April 03, 2008, 2:50 PM

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