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Burnt Rubber Smell

Homemaker HMCD50Y dyer has a burnt rubber smell evrytime I dry my clothes. I had a tech come and check it out. He said that if the vent at the back of the machine is up against the wall or lint in the vent, it will give a burnt smell. He told me to run the cycle for awhile before using. Nothing he said helps although, I think he was too lazy to find the problem. Please help me. The is new about 6 months and has hardly been used because of this problem. Thank you

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Ok the rubber smell is your socks and underwear band,,and things with elastic in them ...ok open your dryer ,,look in the back where the hot air blows out,,,does it look like a burned iron..that where the clothe stick and melt too..just take a brillo with a little bit of water,,little dampness ans scrub the area..onthejob...

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