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Burning smell Kenmore HE dryer is 6 years old. I have been doing laundry all day with no problems...tonight the dryer started smelling like something was burning inside. I removed all the clothes, checked the lint screen and the exhaust tubing - all is fine. The smoke smell seems like it is coming from the heater vent inside the dryer drum. It does not smell electrical, more like paper, cloth or lint burning...

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  • tracy_newqui Nov 16, 2008

    Thank you. This worked!! more burning smell! We found an abundance of lint. However, not my dryer will not blow hot air??

  • tracy_newqui Nov 17, 2008

    You have been most helpful. Thank you for your assistance - I think we will be calling a repair man to fix it at this point. Have a nice evening.

  • Traci Bruner
    Traci Bruner Oct 06, 2013

    OMG! This saved us $$ thank you!!! Our dryer was literally full of lint at the bottom of it. We keep the hose clean, but never thought to open up bottom and back of unit to clean it out. Thank you!

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    Our 1 year old LG dryer smells terrible suddenly. We have searched under and around it - looking for a dead mouse or something - but it seems to come from inside.


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You can unplug the unit , and reomve the lower aces panel (3 screws along the front bottom of unit) youll probalby see an excess of lint built up in which case you can vacuum it out, and then check/clean and or replace your dryer vent

Posted on Nov 16, 2008

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    Ron Coons Nov 17, 2008

    chances are youve blown a thermostat. if you have a powermeter you will need to check for continuity in all of your thermostats, located by the heater assembly. im sure if ther was any "flame" they got to hot and did what they are there to do, shut down the heat source. saftey reasons

  • Mike Breidenstein
    Mike Breidenstein Apr 27, 2014

    This solved my problem! I had no idea there could be so much lint in and around the burner!


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This was the fix for my burning smell- Thanks!

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