gas dryer smells like kerosene

Old 07-31-00, 08:20 AM
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My gas dryer had been working fine and then suddenly it began to smell very strongly of kerosene, or exhaust. The odor is coming from the inside of the dryer, and the clothes also smelled very strongly of kerosene. There was nothing in the load of clothes that could have produced this odor; also, the inside of the dryer does not smell until the gas comes on, and then it immediately begins to smell. Could this have something to do with the exhaust? The dryer seems to be venting to the outside as well as before the odor started.
Old 07-31-00, 06:45 PM
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The kerosene odor is nothing to worry about.
It's a common problem and the result of some petroleum product recently used in the home. Could be an oil based paint, a stain, wood finishing or sealer product, etc.

Any product that contains a flammable solvent or oil based product will do this. I bet you had one of those products used in the home? Prior to this, the dryer odor didn't exist and it will be gone as soon as the product dries.

Best thing to do is ventilate the house as best as possible. For the dryer, once the drying cycle is completed, set the control to AIR FLUFF for ten minutes. This will clear the odor from the clothes. Don't 4get to switch the control back to the regularly used dry setting when done.

Good Luck,
Natural Gas Energy Technician and Consultant.

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