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Odor from Maytag dryer

I have a strong odor in my laundry room when I use my Maytag dryer. It is similar to an ammonia odor. Checked under, in back of , and in the dryer but cannot trace the smell. There is nothing odd around the motor or heating elements. The only time there is an odor is when the dryer is running.

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  • jimvel May 18, 2009

    Had already checked the vent but, while inspecting it again found out the outlet was shorting out (sparked when I removed plug). Plastic around outlet was heating insulation causing the odor. Thanks

  • jimvel May 18, 2009

    Had already checked the vent but, while inspecting it again found out the outlet was shorting out (sparked when I removed plug). Plastic around outlet was heating insulation causing the odor. Thanks



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Have you cleaned your vent lately? It might be excessively outgassing an ammonia smell because some plastic part that is getting too hot. If the vent is making it run hot or not exhausting it might stink up the room. Otherwise, it might just be stinky plastic. I don't know anything about your specific model, but I had a bread maker that was the source of a garlic & ****-like ammonia smell on the top cover after the plastic turned yellow from heat & age. Not a good feature for something that makes food and lives in the kitchen.

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    Annimater May 19, 2009

    Have been away for several days but was going to clarify my comment about cleaning the vent.

    First, let me alarm you to the need to check your fuses and make sure they are not oversized, because this defeats the purpose of protecting your circuits. I don't know what amps your plug was pulling to melt it, but your circuit breaker should have kicked out before it got to smoking or melting like that. NEVER NEVER NEVER put a fuse or breaker that has a higher amps than the wires and circuit call for- it is a fire hazard. Get it checked out by a licensed electrician ASAP!!

    I was going to say: a critter may have gotten in your vent and made a nest, with the ammonia smell coming from their wastes, which gives an aroma when exposed to heat and moisture from the dryer. But, it looks like it was an ammonia outgassing stink from an overheated plastic at the plug is the culprit after all, but nothing in your post signaled an electrical problem. If you repair the electrics and still have that smell check the vent for critters.

    Good luck and get your circuit checked for an oversized fuse/breaker to make sure you are safe.



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