Back heating grate inside dryer has become dark like it's burnt
The dryer works fine, but sometimes when it is done I smell a burnt smell and it seems that the back grate where the heat comes out is halfway burnt or darker on the grate. So, I have no complaints about the functionality of the dryer, but I just don't want to be at risk for a fire. Is this normal???
Re: Back heating grate inside dryer has become dark like...
I used Bartender's Friend. You can find it at Home Depot. Its best to put it on a sponge, rub it on and let it set for about 5. Then scrub with a steel pot cleaner or copper one. It hard to do since the grid is in the back of the dryer but it came off!! Basically, clean it like you would a burnt pot or pan with the Bartender's Friend.
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Re: Back heating grate inside dryer has become dark like...
Darkning of the element housing at that point is normal the smell may be coming from lint on the heating element ..may pay to have it cleaned to be sure there is not excess lint accumilation ..or if it has a bottom panel pull it off and clean the base and around the element housing or if filter is on top remove back and clean..still may have some odor simply from lint floating around but better safe than sorry
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remove the front cover and drum and clean out all lint including lint filter blower wheel housing and all exhaust vent piping from inside dryer to outside discharge,if this is done and it persists,replace the cycling switch and high-limit thermostat as these may have welded themselves and can no longer control heat
Do not switch on the dyer unless this is checked out as the fault seems related to the coil heating some insulation or foreign particles when it is switched ON.
Sometimes this can be due to wires buring after coming into contact with the heater, the insulation being burnt out.
Also if the connection leads on the heater is bad then the JOINTS might heat more and thus burn the wires or any other materials that come in touch.
An inspection / with a good obserrvation lamp is most important.You can also start by observing the leads on the heaters.
Gas dryer with no heat: The
parts that I have pointed out
with the arrows are the parts that you will need to check with an ohm meter if the dryer
is not heating. First check and see if you have 110 volts coming to the gas valve at
this type of a connector. If you have voltage, then unplug
the dryer and check the parts I have pointed to. Some dryers have 3 coils instead of the
shown here. If you do not have voltage coming to the
burner, then you will need to check the timer contacts that feed the gas burner, hi limit
thermostat, operating thermostats, the safety switch on the motor, and any other point
that you can see on your wiring diagram picture that feeds voltage to the burner. The
coils on the gas valve are very bad for working once or twice and then quitting. If you
find a open circuit on one of the gas coils, replace them all = less problems later on. If
the glow coil does not work ( get red ), check it with a
ohm meter for continuity. The next thing to check if the glow coil does not come on would
be the radiant
the ignite for small burnt spot on dark gray or black part of ignite or check
for 110 volts to ignite wire plug when dryer should be calling for heat.
Sometimes the ( older style ) ignite is separate from the holder and the holder
can no longer hold the ignite tight enough and the two parts burn/arc
where they touch each other = new ignite and holder ( some manufactures have
new kits to replace these older style parts ). Does the ignite get red and stay red, or does it get red,
you hear a click and it goes off, then a minute later its gets red again?....if
so you possibly have a bad set of coil
valves. If the ignite gets red and stays red constantly then its the
switch that is bad and maybe welded closed. Funny smell from a gas dryer.....If you are having trouble with a funny smell inside your dryer or on your
clothes, consider this...have you painted or varnished anything inside the home recently?
Your gas dryer uses a lot of air, not just the air that blows out the vent but the air
used to burn the gas ( natural or propane ) as well, anything like paint fumes or
varnish fumes in the air will be picked up in the air used by the burner flame and burnt....this
is often described by customers as - burnt fabric softener smell ..... - burnt soap smell
.... - burnt medicine smell. Open your windows, air out the basement/home as good as
possible, most customers tell me this will go away after a week or so once everything is
dried and all the fumes are gone. Remember, if you smell gas....turn off the gas
valve to the dryer and call for service!! A tip from ( Assistant
Chief Fire Marshal
) - This
is sometimes caused by the filter not being completely clean. By this I am
referring to the clogging of the screen from the use of fabric softener sheets.
The chemicals in these sheets will, over a period of time, impair the air flow
through the screen and cause the "gas odor" to become prominent - not to
mention the temperature to rise within the dryer. I clean my filter with soapy
water and a tooth brush about every other month and it keeps this from
occurring.please comment on these solution saying how helpful.
your duct is clogged or the limit snapstat is not working. turn dryer on and go outside to the duct vent , their should be a minimum temp of 10 degrees, and a maximum 15 degrees outside. also sometimes just cleaning the lint from inside the dryer, can cause this smell for no more than 5 minutes. thanks karl
Disconnect the dryer from your vent completely,. pull dryer out 3 ft. from wall and test to see if the smell continues, You have to test for a few minutes to clear out any burning lint from vent restrictions. If the smell hoes away then you know you have venting problems. Also check on the grate that covers the element( the part you look through when you see the orange glow from the element) sometimes plastic or clothing burns onto this grate and needs to be cleaned off. I the smell remains, you will have to tear down the dryer to see if you can find the cause of the smell.
Stop using the dryer! You are probably close to having a fire if you continue to use it. The whole vent system should be taken apart, cleaned, the heat limit sensors checked and the duct cleaned. Your dryer is overheating and is a danger.
classical sign of a bad motor. the motor has a thermal switch on it telling the unit to shut off when it gets hot. after it cools down, the switch will tell the motor to turn back on again. good luck, i'm pretty sure that's your problem. contact me for further help if needed. thanks :)
I would be checking the service panel. I'm assuming the dryer has been working in that outlet. If the breaker is over 50 amps that is why it didn't trip. But the breaker may be bad itself. Make sure it is wired properly. Red wire should go on one side of the breaker and the black on the other. The white should go over to the neutral bar. Then make sure the outlet you plug into is wired the same way. (MAKE CERTAIN THAT BREAKER IS OFF) The top two prongs should have a red on one side and a black on the other, with the white at the bottom. If these are correctly wired, the problem is either in the breaker or inside the dryer. Depending upon the model you have, a 50 amp double breaker isn't prohibitively priced. If you buy the breaker, wire it the same, turn it on, plug in the dryer and it happens again, the dryer is at fault. Coils burn out inside them, lugs burn through, but I'd feel more comfortable at that point calling a service man, tell him what you've done with wiring, breaker, and outlets. It may be time for a new dryer.