Question about Whirlpool GGW9200L Gas Dryer

6 Answers

Black soot in dryer

I have a Performa Maytag dryer - 6 or more years old, been noticing inside of dryer turning gray , i took off front door and cleaned out all the lint, whic was almost black, scrubbed the drum clean (had some black spots stuck on it) and cleaned out the vent (was not clogged) but all lint was black - I thought I might have had a crayon or something in the dryr that caused this - also, have had to run dryer extra to dry clothes properly and sometimes towels are smelling like a burn smell, rubber-like burn smell - now that the dryer is all clean, the lint is much lighter but I still see these black specks when I clean out the lint door, when you touch he black specks they smear like soot..... is this something I can fix?.... help!!!!

Posted by on

  • 2 more comments 
  • lildego1997 Jan 26, 2008

    I have the same problem but its been going on now for about a year!!! I does it every few loads! I empty the lint trap and everything! My xhusband took the dryer apart and found nothing burning! What can I do to fix this! Sometimes there is a strange smell before it does this so I usually KNOW when it will happen! All my clothes are turning GREY!!

  • anne123 Apr 14, 2008

    I have exactly the same problem. My white laundry was coming out of the dryer gray. I started to look more closely at the inside of the dryer, and noticed the entire inside: drum, inside of door, door jamb, etc. covered with a black, soot-like coating. I am an artist, and thought perhaps I had left a piece of charcoal in a pocket (unlikely...). So, I cleaned the inside of the dryer, which was not easy. It was hard to find the right cleaning material to get the sooty coating off. Still, even though it is now clean, if I dry white clothes, they come out gray. I am going to try what dryer tech below suggests and tear the thing apart. I do know that when I bought this house (dryer included) it was not drying well. I had a guy come out and clean out the dryer vent going to the outside, which was clogged WAY up with lint so much so that it was packed in there like felt. It is definitely possible because of that that there has been some ignition of something in there and soot is left over that keeps blowing back into the dryer during use. Because we all have the Maytag Performa, though, I wonder if maybe there isn't some sub-standard part that has had a melt-down...? Since some of you complain about 'burnt rubber' smell, it makes me suspect a bad gasket or something.

  • pbjbake Jul 27, 2008

    We haven't noticed the smell, but have a lot of soot in our gas dryer. It has ruined countless clothes with black streaks!! We've tried a lot of ways to remove the residue, scrubbing with variuos cleaners, but to no avail. Any tips you have on getting rid of this problem would be helpful. Ours is a Whirlpool Gas Dryer. Thanks!













  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    just had therm changed 2 months ago, as lint clog burned out therm. yesterday dryer was very hot to touch and wasnt in use for 2 days

×

Ad

6 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    Corporal:

    An expert that has over 10 points.

    Mayor:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

    Problem Solver:

    An expert who has answered 5 questions.

  • Contributor
  • 10 Answers

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

Posted on Jul 27, 2008

Ad
  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    Mayor:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

I have the same problem with my dryer turning my whites gray. I noticed that the inside of my dryer was turning black. I removed the front panel of the dryer and took out the drum. I then remove the burner element then the duct work where the burner element was. There was black soot inside of the duct work. I also noticed there was black soot where the air is pumped into the dryer drum. I removed that duct work also and cleaned both parts. What was happening is that the black soot was being sucked into the drum and being deposited on my clothes. I have not figured out where the black soot is coming from yet.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010

Ad
  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Governor:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 20 times.

    Hot-Shot:

    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

  • Expert
  • 164 Answers

It sounds like something might have ignited in the dryer, something small. you need to remove the front of the dryer and then the front bulkhead. This will expose the motor, you will be able to see the impeller blades and clean anything stuck in there. I would reove the motor so i could clean out the exhaust tube. Look over by the burner area to see if any burnt material is there that needs to be cleaned. That should do it

Posted on Jun 29, 2007

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    New Friend:

    An expert that has 1 follower.

    Mayor:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

I have the same issue. I think the belt is worn and breaking down. If I wash the dryer out (which is a pain) and it is my first load of the day, no problem, but two or three loads, it seems to heat up and the the smell and the soot reappear, which I think are actually particles from the belt breaking down.
Oh husband!! I have yet another little chore for you! ha ha. Check out you tube. Demonstration is on there.

Posted on Jan 06, 2013

×

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    New Friend:

    An expert that has 1 follower.

    Problem Solver:

    An expert who has answered 5 questions.

  • Contributor
  • 6 Answers

I have the same problem, grey towels which were white. I'm thinking this only happened when we were low on propane which resulted in pressure drop and caused the flame to burn incorrectly and soot up. Propane is liquefied at low temps and our furnace does the same the pilot light burns yellow not blue and soot's up the furnace too.

Posted on Jan 08, 2014

  • Jack douglas
    Jack douglas Jan 08, 2014

    i have the same problem, grey towels which were white. I'm thinking this only happened when we were low on propane which resulted in pressure drop and caused the flame to burn incorrectly and soot up. Propane is liquefied at low temps and our furnace does the same the pilot light burns yellow not blue and soot's up the furnace too.

×

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

We inherited a fairly new gas dryer when we bought our house 2 years ago. When I first noticed black spots on my light clothing I thought it might be from other sources (black bark mulch) and did not contact the previous owner. After some detective work and help from my brother-in-law (retired Laundromat owner) he found that the machine was set up for natural gas and we have LP. We changed the burner and the dryer is working well, except that there is some soot residue left in the back of the machine. We feel that the machine is most likely going to shed the rest of the soot over time but I am planning to have Sears replace it. Hope that this helps

Posted on Sep 05, 2010

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi there,
Save hours of searching online or wasting money on unnecessary repairs by talking to a 6YA Expert who can help you resolve this issue over the phone in a minute or two.

Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.

Here's a link to this great service

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

We have a maytag performa electric stove, probabley about 6 years old, and last time we did the self clean on the oven we had a lot of stains that ran down between the inside and outside door panel. This,...


Can anyone please give me the serial number and product number to a 6 year old Maytag Performa glass top stove?? I just broke the ceramic top and need to replace it but don't have a serial number.
Thanks
Liliana.

Dec 12, 2010 | Maytag PER5710 Performa Electric Kitchen...

1 Answer

Black soot causing whites to be gray


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

Jul 17, 2010 | Maytag PYG2300A Gas Dryer

2 Answers

Clothes dryer produces black soot when drying and leaves clothes darkened


lint build up is on heat element canister. take dryer apart on clean with a good vacumm cleaner. unplug first.

Mar 02, 2010 | Dryers

1 Answer

I have a 10 year old Maytag Performa. It started


Hello, try checking the door switch, with no light in the drum it points to the door switch being bad. To test this unplug the machine, bypass the door switch with a wirenut..Don't forget to replace the switch if bad, the door switch is there for a reason. Good Luck!!! Please feel free to comment again if you have any other questions or concerns. Mike

Jul 23, 2009 | Maytag Dryers

1 Answer

Black carbon/soot on the door and lint filter of my dryer


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.

May 12, 2009 | Crosley CDG6000 Gas Dryer

2 Answers

Black carbon/soot on the door and lint filter of my dryer


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.

Dec 16, 2008 | Kenmore 62602 Electric Dryer

1 Answer

Black residue inside gas dryer


r u on lp gas or nat gas if u r lp gas u need to convert the burner from nat gas to lp gas u need to call your gas co. to do the convertion

Dec 13, 2008 | Maytag Performa PAV2200

1 Answer

Maytag dryer PYG4557AWW


sounds you have a gas issue for sure, did you recently change from nat gas to bottle gas??? is this a new purchase??? sounds as if your burning a natural gas setup on lp gas call back the installer if thats the case

Mar 13, 2008 | Maytag PYG4500A Gas Dryer

1 Answer

Maytag Performa PYE2200AYW - not working


Yes there is a fuse in the dryer. The black circular thing is a high limit thermostat. Beneath it is the thermal fuse. It is smaller (dime size) and is mounted to the right side of the heating element housing. It is alittle tough to see and get at. You must use the original Maytag part kit.It comes with a new high limit therm. and fuse.

Oct 19, 2007 | Maytag Performa PAV2200

Not finding what you are looking for?
Whirlpool GGW9200L Gas Dryer Logo

8,654 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Whirlpool Dryers Experts

Tim Whalen

Level 3 Expert

3074 Answers

Sal De

Level 3 Expert

2699 Answers

Craig Butler
Craig Butler

Level 3 Expert

1723 Answers

Are you a Whirlpool Dryer Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...