Clothes come out of my gas dryer with a slight chemical smell
Started about 2 months ago . I have not been painting or staining.Replace\s the gas coils about a year ago. Clothes dry in a normal amount of time. If I go outside and stand by the vent it has a nice clean fresh fabric softener scent. I have replaced the vent hose and disassembled and cleaned the dryer case and duct work. I have cleaned the drum first with bleach/water and later with lemon juice
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did you paint or stain anything in the house or gas stored near the dryer?usually if you did the fumes get into the dryer and onto the clothes,if the motor is overheating that will also smell like shellac
I would need to smell the odor but a couple things will cause this. One being built up lint that is smoldering so I would definitely investigate inside for this. Also (more common with gas dryers) is when customers are painting or staining and varnishing in the house. This will give clothes a kerosene type odor. Try to think back to when it started and see if anything was changed in the household routine at that time. Good luck, Eric
If you have recently painted or varnished something then just air out the house. The fumes can react w/ the heat of the dryer to create this smell. It smells different than the actual fumes, but still like some sort of solvent.
You first thought was probably the correct one...the fumes from the new paint may take a few days to disspate enough not to react with the heat of the dryer...I would give it a few dyas to clear before looking any further...
I have read other places that if you have recently painted, stained, varnished or used something in your house that has some sort of oil base it can make you dryer make your clothes smell like Kerosene. My dryer started doing the same thing and it was at the same time that a contractor was staining some trim in our basement. Good luck.
Have you recently painted anywhere in your home. And I mean anywhere? Paint fumes or other chemical type cleaners or solvents will get in the elements and put off that whole gas or oil smell. If no, have you put any type of clothes in the dryer that may have had some paint or anything else petroleum based on them to dry. That also could have caused this smell as well. If your hot water heater runs on propane or natural gas, check it careful for leaks. This could be a serious situation as a major explosion could happen if it is leaking. Leave the house and call 911 immediatly from a safe distance. I doubt that this is the problem, but be safe than sorry. Let me know if none of these are the culprits. Thanks and let me know.
I would imagine that you are saying you have an electric dryer, but it smells like it has a gas leak correct? Let me ask one question, have you used any kind of paints or chemicals in your house lately? If you have painted anything (in any room as well), the fumes of that paint (or other chemical) will get into the elements, and produce that smell for sure. I have actually had customers give me the clothes they dried to smell them, and sure enough, it will get in the clothes for sure. If this isnt the case, be sure that you dont have a gas line behind the dryer that may be leaking, or if your hot water heater or furnace is gas, you dont have a leak there. If you do have gas coming into your home, and you havent painted, etc, call your gas or propane service provider IMMEDIATLY from another home or location and let them come out to be sure you dont have a hidden leak. Good Luck!!!!!