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Soot from gas dryer!

Sears kenmore- gas dryer-- soot in drum and on clothes!

was told it is a burner issue and that gas is not burning correctly-- dryer is only 6 years old,- anyone else have this issue? do i call sears or gas company? - or just get rid of the gas dryer and get an electric?

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Have you recently changed from natural gas to liquid propane, or visversa? if so, this could be the problem. especially natural gas to lp.

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