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Burning smell Last night I threw a load of wet towels in the dryer and within five minutes my daughter reported a burning smell. The top corners of the inside of the drum were hot to the touch as was the top of the dryer in each of the corners beneath the control panel. The dryer had been used earlier that day and the day before with no problem except that extra large/heavy loads were sometimes slightly damp at the end of a cycle (not unusual). We turned off the dryer immediately and removed the towels. This morning I vacuumed under and around the dryer and removed the vent and vacuumed into the dryer from the back and into the vent that goes outside. There was some but not really much lint to be removed. Repair cannot come out until Monday the 29th. Is there anything else I can do to solve this problem?

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  • dgroon Dec 26, 2008

    My circuit breaker did not go off when we smelled the burning. Doesn't this mean that the problem is not a short?

  • dgroon Dec 26, 2008

    I already ran the dryer empty with no problem so your answer definitely makes sense. I'll run small loads until the repair man can get here on Monday to replace the belt. Thank you!

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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 



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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Place 1 towel in, and see where you are. If the towel dries, the problem may be an overload of wet towels. Was the burning that of electrical, or rubber?
Motor was more than likely over-driven.

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Is it a gas drier or electric?

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    is it a gas drier or electric?

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Your dryer's blower wheel pulls air over the heat source, through the clothes drum, and past the thermostats, then pushes it out the exhaust duct. The blower wheel, which is usually plastic, may wear out over time. But if it's noisy, it may simply be clogged with lint. Clean the blower and test to see if the dryer is still noisy. If it is, you probably need to replace it.
ome dryers support the clothes drum in the rear with a center spindle instead of rollers. The spindle may be a ball-and-socket type support or a shaft through a sleeve. When the components are worn, they may squeak, squeal, or rub or even burn the clothes. You can't repair them. Just replace them when they're worn.



Rollers Many dryers use rollers or wheels to support the clothes drum. When these rollers are worn, they can be noisy. You should replace the whole set of rollers at the same time.

Idler pulley Dryers have a tension or idler pulley that keeps tension on the main drive belt. When it's worn, it can be noisy. When that happens, don't lubricate it. Just replace it.

Glides Many dryers use nylon or plastic glides at the front of the clothes drum for support. When these are worn, they can be noisy. When that happens, replace them.
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.


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Fan is not running properly or the air flow is blocked.

The heating element is damaged you need to replace it .

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No, it sounds like a belt is slipping from the weight of the wet towels, let the dryer cool down and try it empty, if it works at least you know what caused it

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    You are very welcome, thanks for the rating, and have a great holiday,

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Electric dryers use 220 volts or two power lines of 110 volts each. Some components in the dryer need only 110 volts; the heating element requires 220 volts. So it's possible for one part of the dryer to be fine and another part to have a short circuit. Short circuits can be caused by the heating element, the main power cord, or any other part of the internal wiring. To decide where the problem lies, unplug the dryer, then: 

  • If the circuit breakers or fuses remain on and/or intact when the dryer is unplugged, it's likely the problem is with the dryer. Contact a qualified appliance repair technician.


  • If the circuit breaker trips or the fuse blows when the dryer is unplugged, it's likely the problem is with the house wiring, fuse box, or circuit box. Contact a qualified electrician.

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