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The clothes dried on high or medium heat come out smelling like heated metal

I used to dry my towels on medium high setting but they would come out smelling like over heated metal (no fresh dryer sheet smell) so I started drying the towels on the medium settting and the same thing is still happening. Don't really notice the smell in the clothes, only the towels. Any thoughts on what may be causing this? Thanks!

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    It drys lite clothes but jeans or towels

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Hi .thanks for the question .yes i would check all venting from dryer to the outside . clogged venting, or dryer too close to the wall could cause this problem . thanks the appliance doc

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