I guess we clean new black towels that left black residue. I have cleaned it out several times, but the black color keeps coming back in the lint collector, the clothes, and blackness on the back vent(?) Any help on cleaning enternally?
As a mechanic, and based on knowing the drum is mostly stainless steel, my first inclination is to grab a can of carb cleaner from the auto shop and a few paper towels, and clean it up.. but I'm cautious with that stuff as it's very flammable... and I'm a guy.
My other thought would be to call or visit your local fabric store. Talk to someone who knows about fabric dyes and ask them what cleaner you could use. It'll likely be less.. barbaric than my fist thought.
IF you try my first thought, spray it on the rag and wipe the drum. don't spray that stuff into the drum.. it flows fast and will take hours to fully evaporate. and let the drum air out over night before using, just to be sure. Have exhaust fans or other ventilation going. Just to be safe too.
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Open the door and shine a flashlight at the back of the drum, you should see a grouping of holes about the size to stick a pencil through. Do you see lint covering some of the holes? If you do, unplug the dryer, take the back panel off (1/4" screws) and there will be a black duct on the left hand side behind the panel, remove the duct and you will see the holes this time from the back, and you can remove the lint, while you are there, clean the lint from the duct and the blower assembly at the bottom of the duct. If you don't see lint upon initial inspection it could be a weak or burnt heating element, you can access the elements the same way, but instead of the black duct they are under a black cover on the right hand side. MAKE SURE YOU UNPLUG ANY APPLIANCE BEFORE REMOVING ANY SERVICE COVERS!!!!
Based on the explaination in your post I guess the unit will operate without anything in the dryer, correct ? If that is the case if you remove the lower panel you will reveal a plastic cover over the blower housing. Located on the housing you will find the moisture sensor usually hidden under some black puddy. Remove the gum type puddy and there you will find the sensor held in place. Remove the sensor and clean it out best as you can. Re-install the moisture sensor and give it a test. If that fails to remedy the problem you may indeed require a new sensor. Let me know and I can provide you with a part number or you can visit "repairclinic.com" and enter your model number and a description of the part you need.
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if you left a marker or ink pin in the dryer. then take a flashlight and look inside.if it is a mark then take a rag with a little fastorange handcleaner,and wipe on with small amounts. then take a clean paper towel and dampen with water and wipe all of the hand cleaner.thanks karl
If gas, I would be suspect the black spots are carbon, which, based on your describing that when you clean the interior of the drum, the spots return, is coming from the burner area.
1) If the above is correct, then call quit using the dryer serviceman immediately before continuing use. 2) If your handy repairing things, you will need to remove power from the unit, and access the combustion chamber from the backside of the appliance for cleaning.
This will be a messy job, as carbon black is messy. It comes from incomplete burning of the gas as it goes into the combustion chamber. This is normally caused by restricted airflow into the combustion chamber, and that cause is difficult to identify without looking at the unit. Best thing is to just clean the unit up real good, removing any lint buildup and carbon that can be found, and confirming that the proper orifice is installed (is this an LP dryer operating on natural gas, or vice versa.). Once cleaned and all repairs made, you will need to operate the dryer with old, clean rags in the drum for several cycles until you are certain any residual carbon has been blown through.
make sure the vent is cleared ,sometimes all of cust / think they clean out but instead make clogg even worse,,, repl/coils remove 2 screews 1/4 in from botom panel heating coils are black in color simple fix,,,,,,,,
Hi thanks for the question. the problem is with a clog in the venting system . remove the vent and clean to the outside. where the lint filter is, use a brush with a long handle, to clean all the way down .do that . this should solve your problem. thanks the appliance doc
The cause of these stains is worn seals. Over the course of time debris & chemical residues left from the wash process are deposited into the drum seals. The continual heat applied to these residues causes a reaction which turns the seals a reddish brown in most cases. The time this takes varies with the amount of laundry done. Clothing is then brought into contact as they tumble in the dryer. To remedy the problem you will have to replace the seals on the drum.
Each manufacturer has different designs so what is involved is determinant on the manufacturer. The most common domestic manufacturers are Whirlpool, GE, Frigidaire. Most of the brand names seen in stores are derivatives of these. This includes Maytag. It was purchased by Whirlpool in 2006 who has been incorporating their design into Maytag since. Only the Maytags since 2006 have the Whirlpool design. In 2006 they were still selling the old Maytag stock while retooling to manufacture the Whirpool design so you have to tread carefully when determing what you have if purchased in 2006 & possibly into early 2007.
Whirlpool--Some other derivatives--Roper, Kitchenaid, Estate, Kenmore.
GE--Hotpoint. GE also manufactrurs some appliances by using off-the-shelf designs. As an example some of their dryers use a GE--Frigidaire derivative.
This is not meant to be a comprehensive list. It is also not meant to say they are all equal as long as you buy any brand from that particular manufacturer. The reason for having so many different brands is that while you incorporate some basics of design similarity you can also add or subtract features to have a particular brand serve a niche in the marketing scheme.
Is the residue coming from the back or front of the drum? Most dryers are equipped with 2 drum roller supports in the rear under the drum. You may have a drum roller that is going bad and some of the rubber residue is getting past the drum seal. Some dryers are quipped with an additional pair of drum rollers under the front of the drum as well. I would check all the drum rollers to see if they are all in good shape. A definite symptom of a bad drum roller is finding black residue along the outside of the drum where the rollers ride. You will have to open the dryer cabinet to see the outside of the drum. Also, check the rear drum seal to make sure it is not crimped or folded inwards in the drum. The felt seal in the back should should ride evenly all the way around the drum and should not be that visible inside the drum itself. That is, you may see some of the seal, but you shouldn't see part of it folded inside the drum or bits of it tattered or torn. I hope this makes sense to you. Let me know if this helps.
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