Smokey smell from the dryer

Old 01-08-05, 06:13 PM
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Smokey smell from the dryer

We have an older dryer (free with purchase of the house) and I just noticed a strong smokey odor after drying a load of wet clothes (towels, etc.). Do I need to call a service person/get a new dryer or is this something that I can fix myself? What do I need to look at to determine if the dryer is a fire hazard, etc.? (The lint catcher is free of lint)
Old 01-09-05, 05:12 PM
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Hello arv. Welcome to my Gas Appliances topic and the Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

The link basket or lint catcher screen may be free of lint but the inside area of the dryers cabinet is not lint free or most likely may no be lint free. It has to be free of all lint to prevent a potential fire and for the burner to burn the fuel properly and cleanly.

You will have to access the burner compartment. Most models have a front access panel on the front of the dryer. Some access panel trap doors simply pull open while others have a small screw which secures the lower section of the door.

Check the machine for such a door with a screw in the lower section. If there is a screw, remove it. Open the access trap door and note the amount of lint in the burner compartment. All lint has to be removed.

Same applies to the inside of the cabinet. Find the clips and/or screws which allow either the front panel to be removed or the top lid to lift up and tilt backwards. Look from screws in the front door frame and or at the very bottom of the front panel. All screws must be removed to access the dryers inside area.

Once access is gained, clean out all lint, dust and debris. Especially around the burner area. Besure the electrical power is turned off or the machince is unplugged before attempting and access and or repair procedures.

Be aware there are several other possibilities that can cause odors. Before we can determine a repair is required, cleaning is essential. Cleaning also includes the entire venting system regardless of the type of venting material used. Plastic venting should be replaced with metal if possible or new plastic vent tubing used to replace an existing one.

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Read the manufacturers online web site for product information, problem possibilities, causes, solving methods, part locations, disassembly, reassembly methods, repair procedures, pictorials, schematics, downloadable repair and or owners manuals which may be available online.

Retail appliance parts dealers can also help determine what the most likely possible problem may be. They will need the make, model and serial numbers. Appliance parts dealers are an excellent source for original replacement parts and problem resolving matters. Dealers are listed in the phone book under appliances.

Be sure the electrical power to the appliance is turned off, before attempting any repairs. Always check for gas leaks whenever moving the appliance and/or a repair includes any connection of a gas part.

Read the existing questions on the subject of dryers. Doing so will quickly provide you with answers to questions & provide additional information on how to resolve the problem.

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It's always adviseable to clean the entire exhaust venting system every 2 years. Or during any dryer maintenance, connection, servicing and or repairs.

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