Black carbon/soot on the door and lint filter of my dryer
All my whites were white when they left the washer but gray when they came out of the dryer. I noticed this black carbon-like covering on the dryer door and lint filter so I took a Magic scrubber and got it off. I can't figure out where it is coming from.
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I have the same problem with a Maytag Performa gas dryer. My husband took our dryer apart and found that the burner tube which leads from the burner to the back of the dryer was full of soot (which was getting blown back into the dryer drum with the hot air.) We are cleaning it out now but would like to know how to prevent this from recurring in the future.
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Your dryer may use rollers, or wheels, to support the rear of the clothes drum. When these are worn out, they may cause the clothes drum to drop down slightly, which can pinch the clothes between the top of the clothes drum and the rear of the dryer interior. When the rollers wear out, you need to replace the whole set.
Your dryer may have a felt-like seal at the rear of the drum. If this seal is worn, torn, or missing, clothes can get caught and torn in the space between the clothes drum and the rear of the dryer interior. When the rear seal wears out, you need to replace it.
Your dryer probably uses nylon or plastic glides at the front of the clothes drum for support. When these are worn out, they may cause the clothes drum to drop down slightly, which can pinch the clothes between the top of the clothes drum and the front of the dryer interior. When the glides wear out, you need to replace them as a set.
Many dryers have a felt-like seal at the front of the drum. If this seal is worn, torn, or missing, the clothes in the dryer may get caught and torn in the space between the clothes drum and the front of the dryer interior. When the seal wears out, you need to replace it.
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Ensure that the dryer's power supply cord is firmly plugged into an electrical outlet. 2
Inspect the structure's fuse box for a tripped fuse. Each fuse is assigned a single "On/Off" switch. If any fuse switch is in the "Off" position, flip that switch to the "On" position. If the problem persists, contact a professional electrician.
Press the "Start/Stop" button on the left side of the dryer's control panel. 4
Close the dryer door firmly so that the door clicks into place. The dryer will not operate if the door is not shut. Lint Filter 5
Clean the lint filter. Twist the program selector knob on the control panel to the "Off" position, then open the dryer door. Pull the lint filter out of the dryer. The lint filter is located at the front of the dryer's tumbler, and is inserted vertically into the dryer. Gently stroke your hand over the filter to clear the lint, then reinsert the filter and close the door. 6
Turn the dryer off and allow at least 30 minutes for the dryer to cool, as excessive heat can cause a drying program malfunction. 7
Increase the ventilation of the room the dryer is located in, such as by opening a door or window. Excessive heat will cause the dryer to automatically turn off until it cools as a safety measure. Increasing the ventilation will help keep the dryer cool. Clothing Not Fully Dry 8
Clean the moisture sensor. Open the dryer door to access the moisture sensor. The black-colored sensor consists of two bars, and is located at the front of the dryer's tumbler, to the left of the lint filter. The sensor should be cleaned with a clean cloth and white vinegar once per month. 9
Clean the lint filter. Twist the program selector knob on the control panel to the "Off" position, then open the dryer door. Pull out the lint filter. The lint filter is located at the front of the dryer's tumbler, and is inserted vertically into the dryer. Gently stroke your hand over the filter to clear the lint, then insert the filter back into the dryer and close the door. 10
Spin the laundry at a higher spin speed in the washing machine before placing the laundry into the dryer to reduce the moisture content. 11
Turn the dryer off and allow at least 30 minutes to pass for the dryer to cool, as excessive heat can cause a drying program malfunction.
kenmore, whirlpool, roper,estate,kitchaid,inglis,most of the time if your dryer does nothing you have a bad door switch or blown main fuse,to replace the door switch remove the 2 lint filter screws(top lint filter)pull the top toward you and up,remove 2 screws on old door switch,install new one,to check for a blown fuse remove the back look down to your left and you will see a small white fuse,that is the main fuse-mike
I too have the same problem with my Admiral dryer. Have come to the conclusion that the soot is making all my clothes greyer, but just noticed it with my whites. Took apart my dryer today and first of all found that the outlet below the lint vent was plugged. There is no soot on the outside of the drum or the dryer housing...however there is soot within the metal tube that surrounds the gas burner. Seems the gas is not being burned properly or the plugged lint trap was not letting the burned gases escape??? Laura
Hello there: Whirlpool recommends 8557884 Whirlpool Kenmore Lint Filter (screen) This Genuine Whirlpool dryer lint filter is used on Whirlpool, Kenmore, KitchenAid and Roper dryers. Special Note ***** Does your filter have a black spacer below the handle?. ************ If so you may need the Whirlpool Dryer Filter 8557857 The 8557884 Whirlpool Kenmore Lint Filter (lint catcher) is about 17 and 1/2 inches long and has a white handle Hope this is helpful for you best regards Michael
Soot would mean lint is circulating around in your machine, and getting to the combustion area. Take the machine all apart and clean it thoroughly, including taking the cover off the fan and cleaning it too. A dirty fan will slow down the whole works. Check with your hardware store for a chimney-sweep's brush. I once bought one that could be tied to ropes and pulled up and down a flue. If they have a brush the right size, you could do that and really clean your dryer vent.
There are several possible causes:
a) exhaust vent is restricted forcing the lint to enter the dryer shell and overheat and/or be picked up by the blower -- you seem to have inspected this
b) check the hot gas inlet to the drum.. on some dryers, lint buildup can occur in tight spots and it will overheat and char
c) ducting is not intact or leaks allowing lint to leak into the dryer shell -- this will occur over time, and all dryers should be taken apart and cleaned out on a regular basis... also, all ducting should be inspected and sealed as needed
d) verify that the inlet vents to the dryer shell are not blocked and allow adequate air flow to the burner assembly -- natural gas normally won't smoke due to incomplete combustion, but.. likewise, verify the room has adequate ventilation particularly if the utility room or closet is very small,
e) check the drum drive belt, as it gets old, it will release dust and minute pieces which will be picked up by the blower -- replace if needed...
f) verify that the seals on the drum are still good -- replace as needed
g) as 'washer-tech' advised, do a thorough cleaning and inspection... put it back together with all ducting tight and free flowing