Gas dryer burnt smell


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Old 06-08-21, 06:42 AM
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Gas dryer burnt smell

After the last load in the dryer, there was a pretty good odor of something burnt smelling in the laundry room.
The odor is even on some of the clothes, which did complete drying.

My best sniff says this is akin to burning plastic or rubber. I don't think it is the duct, which is a very short metal flex line that I check every couple years. (though I have not looked again yet.) As far as I can tell the dryer and the circuit board still works fine, but certainly I don't plan on using it at this point.

So where might I start looking to solve the problem? Thanks very much!
 
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Old 06-08-21, 08:30 AM
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Lint would be the first thing to look at!
 
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Old 06-08-21, 09:01 AM
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Check duct and screen on the outside.
If it's not that likely the belt needs to be replaced or the idler pulley is going bad.
 
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Old 06-08-21, 09:41 AM
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If the smell is on the clothes.... it's not in the exhaust system.
Since you posted under electric appliances I assume electric dryer.
You may have gotten lint on the heating element. That's not usually a continuing problem unless the inside of the dryer needs to be cleaned (vacuumed).
 
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Old 06-08-21, 12:02 PM
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I've heard that if you use dryer sheets a lot you can get some residue that can cause a smell!
 
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Old 06-08-21, 12:20 PM
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I guess it's possible.

The air is drawn in from under the unit, thru the heating element, into the barrel, out thru the filter and into the exhaust duct. So the most common issue is lint inside the machine that gets sucked into the air intake.
 
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Thanks for the replies. Yeah it is a gas dryer. I wasn't sure where to post?

It is a pungent plastic or rubber burning smell. So I'm thinking I will take it apart, with the idea suggested that it is the idler pulley or belt that is needed. (Or something else readily apparent.) But before I go through all the disassembly time, I want to be sure I can get these parts.

Now I do see the idler pulley available from repair clinic, but I don't see the belt listed? Can someone direct me to where I'd find a belt? It is a Kenmore Model 110.95862402 Serial # MT1101994 Thanks!
 
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Old 06-08-21, 06:14 PM
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Thread moved to gas appliance forum.

Sears has better parts views........ Sears Parts Direct
The belt is shown in the "Cabinet Parts" tab.
Pictorial 30
OEM # 3387610

Belt on amazon
 
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Thanks Pete! I just ordered both parts....for about $22...I will let you know how it goes.
 
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Old 06-12-21, 01:56 PM
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Replaced the belt and pulley roller today! All seemed to go ok. Although the drum seems slightly noisier than before, and has more turning resistance..... I'm not certain yet if this is an issue.

Anyway here's a pic of work in progress. Thank you again!


 
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Old 06-12-21, 02:06 PM
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Put a tiny drop of oil on those two idlers on the back. Just on the silver shaft.
 
 

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