The dryer is leaving brown streaks on clothes. Any ideas on the problem? And is the solution an easy and cheap fix - or should we replace since it is 12+ years? We had similar issues w/ the washer and the repairman said to purchase new given age of machine. Also, damp hot air is coming out from underneath as well. Any advice is much appreciated.
Kenmore Series 80
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If your dryer is leaving small brown streaks on your clothes, then your drum seals need to be replaced. It is not a hard task if you know what youre doing. It is a complicated one for a beginner because you have to take your whole dryer apart to replace the seals
This is usually from the clothes being pinched. Either in the front or rear. The front uses a glide type system on GE style dryers and felt and rollers on most others. Here is a link. Check the type of dryer you have or send me the model # and I will direct you, then follow the links in the troubleshooting to the video that fits your dryer. If you enter your model # you can also get diagrams and illustrations that will also show you what type of dryer. The repairs are easy to do and inexpensive. http://appliancehelponline.com/edryerburnmarks.html
the felt seal part number 697694 could be worn,if the drum sags down from the felt wearing down it forms a gap and the clothing can even get stuck in gap,some dryers have glides that wear down and some ride on a back bearing,but the problem usually is from a part wearing down and a gap forms from it and it damages the clothing,hope this helps
you can get the parts direct from www3.sears.com and to replace it you pop up the top, take 2 screws out holding front panel onto cabinet and take off, take belt loose from idler and motor and slide drum out ,, go back same way / thanks
ck rear (or front if it has one)drum seals they tend to develop rust stains over time the rust comes off on clothes leaving brown streaks ..seals will need to be replaced although you may try a bleach and water solution first drum will need to be removed to replace seals
To all victims of the brownish colored streak marks: I share your frustration!!! I have the same problem with my dryer which started when my dryer was only 3 or 4 years old - - totally unacceptable for an expensive top of the line dryer! A repair guy showed me how the brownish streak marks come from the felt liner which goes around the drum. Look inside your dryer for the beige or tan colored felt which sticks out around the circular drum. If you rub the felt with an old white t-shirt or paper towel, you will see the same brownish colored marks. My repairman recommended getting the felt replaced eventually, but until then, he gave me the following tips which really help avoid getting the streaks: For white or light colored clothes susceptible to the brownish streak marks: I dry these items as part of a very lightweight dryer load - with just a few other lightweight items. By doing a small lightweight load, clothing is less likely to get caught up & rub against the felt edges. For example, I dry 4 light colored men's dress shirts with 2 or 3 other lightweight shirts. OR for white or light colored athletic "dry fit" type athletic apparel, I dry 6 - 8 total lightweight shirts/shorts. If I throw my white Nike top or white pair of summer pants into the dryer with all my "whites", they will be doomed to getting brownish streaks due to the heavy load pushing them against the darned felt liner! Whenever possible, I wash susceptible items on permanent press to avoid wrinkling, then hang dry. Prior to putting these clothes in the dryer, I also "pre-clean" the felt with an old white cotton t-shirt by reaching into the dryer and rubbing along the felt edges until I'm not getting as much brownish color on the t-shirt rag. For a permanent fix, call a repairman or see the following do-it-yourself YouTube video on "Dryer Repair - Replacing the Lower Front Drum Felt Seal": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoYP_YsGP68 . I have a repair person coming today to fix 2 other appliances, so I'm finally getting my dryer fixed, and I will post an update soon.
The 417 dryers have two seals on the front panel, the top seal has drum glides which wear down over time. Because the drum rests on those glides, when it wears down it leaves a gap between the drum and the seal, clothes will drag in that gap and come out with rust and/or seal adhesive stains. Try replacing the top and lower seals, this works most of the time...sometimes though, if left unattended long enough, the lack of support from the front glides causes too much strain on the rear drum bearing, and even after replacing the seals clothes may still catch, although the brown spotting will stop for awhile. You can feel the gap if you run your hand along the inside of the drum at the seal point.