Gas smell from dryer vent


Old 10-09-07, 10:08 AM
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We have a newer (less than 1 yr) LG gas dryer (natural gas) and ever since we have had it, we have noticed a fairly strong natural gas odor from the dryer exhaust vent. There is no gas smell inside the laundry room and the clothes do seem to dry normally but the smell is quite strong whenever we run the dryer. Is this most likely a defective dryer issue or a gas company issue? Thanks in advance for any insight or advice.

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Old 10-09-07, 10:48 AM
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Hello Pete. Welcome to the Gas Appliances topic and the Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

Gas odor when dryer is running only, may indicate a defective gas valve or an over pressure problem. Pressure problem and over gassed burner are both conditions a dryer tech and/or a gas suppliers rep should be able to spot.

The service tech is more likely to replace a defective gas valve should that be the case. Unless the state you live in gas suppliers techs also do appliance serving. Not all do. Call and inquire.

Pressure control and regulation to the dryer from the supply source and over gassed burner problems are not really do it yourself projects. Takes knowledge, training, special tools, equipment and experiences, etc.

Simply replacing parts, such as control valve, orifices, etc, is not likely to resolve the condition either...

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 or services. Always check for gas leaks whenever moving the appliance and/or a service or repair includes any connection of a gas part.

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It's always advisable to clean the entire exhaust venting system every 2 years. Or during any dryer maintenance and or repairs.
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Thank you for the prompt and courteous reply. I intend to follow your advice and schedule a professional to come out and take a look. I'll try and post a follow-up if/when I ever get the problem diagnosed and resolved.

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