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Dryer gives off a strong odor which make my clothes smell.

I have the Legacy Series dryer. All of the sudden the dryers stinks while it's running and it makes my clothes smell like something burnt. . I tried cleaning the vent which goes outside and it's still a problem. The dryer still heats up fine although the longer it's used the stronger the smell. It kinda smells like kerosene.

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    my clothes smell fresh until I put them in the dryer then they come out smelling like body oder from my husbands work clothes any way to fix this problem without throwing it out?

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If you have been painting or staining recentley the chemicals in these products are mixing with the mercaptin in the gas to cause the odour. The problem will correct itself when the fumes are gone.

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