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Whirlpool duet dryer smells like smoke from back vent in dryer

I have been using the dryer for many cycles back to back and it started to smell like smoke when I kept restarting it when it would stop with the clothes still not dry.

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HI,

It normally takes about 45 minutes for a dryer to dry a full load. If your dryer is taking more than an hour, check these.


Vent Frequently there's an obstruction in the vent duct from the dryer to the outside of the house. For the dryer to heat properly, the duct must be clean and clear of lint or any other substance.

Heating element Your dryer's heating element may be partially burned out. If it is, your dryer still heats, but at such a low temperature that it takes three or four times as long to dry the clothes. If the element is partially burned out, replace it.

Internal ductwork Your dryer has some internal ductwork. If it gets clogged, your dryer can't dry properly. In most dryers, to get to the internal ductwork to clear the clog, you have to substantially disassemble the dryer. A quick way to check for internal clogs is to remove the lint filter and use a flashlight to inspect the inside of the duct. If it looks clogged and you can't clear it using your vacuum, contact a qualified appliance repair technician.

Cycling thermostat Although this isn't a common problem, one of the thermostats that controls the temperature in your dryer may break and cause the dryer to heat poorly. If so, you need to replace it. The thermostat is usually a small, round, black device mounted to an oblong steel plate. The plate is mounted to the internal ductwork with two screws.

It overheats Usually when an electric dryer overheats it's because of a defective cycling thermostat or a clogged vent system. Clean any lint from the internal and external ductwork, and/or replace the cycling thermostat (read about cycling thermostats in "Drying is too slow," above).

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If you don't clean out the lint trap frequently, your dryer may have small lint fires inside the cabinet. The smell from these fires can leave a strong odor in the clothes drum. 

Also, if there are any solvents, paints, lacquers, etc. in use in the house, your dryer may alter and/or amplify the fumes to an odor unlike the natural fumes given by the solvent, paint, etc.

Here's what to do:

  • First, clean all of the lint from the inside cabinet and ductwork of your dryer.


  • Have a qualified appliance repair technician inspect the dryer for damage caused by any lint fire.


  • Move all containers of flammable liquids at least 50 feet away from the dryer. Gas dryers have a large flame when operating properly and can ignite the fumes of any flammable liquid or gas.


  • Then, try to clear the odor, by running a couple of loads of old rags or towels.




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I would say the heater for dryer has gone you may need to buy a replacement

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First check the dryer vent to the outside, it if is blocked the dryer will overheat. Then check to see if the heating element is grounded to the canister or the bracket, if it is, the element would never shut off when the timer is on even with the motor not running. Turn the dryer to timed dry but do not start the dryer. Open the door and watch the rear left side to see if the element comes on, glowing orange/red/ If it does with the motor not running you know this element is grounded. If both of these check out, you might have a bad cycling thermostat.



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