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My washer and dryer are acting like magnets, attracting and sticking metal objects to them. Also the dryer is not drying well. What is causing this?

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The dryer may have an electrical short in it and causing the two to act like an electromagnet. I strongly suggest calling in a qualified technician for this as shorts are extremely dangerous and life threatening.

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1. If the noise coming from your dryer can be described as a clanging sound, the solution is probably well within your grasp. This common sound is typically the result of loose debris accidentally put in with the load of laundry. Change may be left in pockets of pants or other objects may be dropped in the laundry basket by children --- perhaps a toy car. The objects may not be noticed when put into the wash, and the water in the washer may have dampened the sound. Simply remove these items, and restart the dryer to resolve the issue.
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