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Could be a number of things but first check that all lint is getting removed and not collecting in the vent tubing or around the heater coils.

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SOURCE: whirlpool duet dryer smells like smoke from back vent in dryer

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It normally takes about 45 minutes for a dryer to dry a full load. If your dryer is taking more than an hour, check these.


Vent Frequently there's an obstruction in the vent duct from the dryer to the outside of the house. For the dryer to heat properly, the duct must be clean and clear of lint or any other substance.

Heating element Your dryer's heating element may be partially burned out. If it is, your dryer still heats, but at such a low temperature that it takes three or four times as long to dry the clothes. If the element is partially burned out, replace it.

Internal ductwork Your dryer has some internal ductwork. If it gets clogged, your dryer can't dry properly. In most dryers, to get to the internal ductwork to clear the clog, you have to substantially disassemble the dryer. A quick way to check for internal clogs is to remove the lint filter and use a flashlight to inspect the inside of the duct. If it looks clogged and you can't clear it using your vacuum, contact a qualified appliance repair technician.

Cycling thermostat Although this isn't a common problem, one of the thermostats that controls the temperature in your dryer may break and cause the dryer to heat poorly. If so, you need to replace it. The thermostat is usually a small, round, black device mounted to an oblong steel plate. The plate is mounted to the internal ductwork with two screws.

It overheats Usually when an electric dryer overheats it's because of a defective cycling thermostat or a clogged vent system. Clean any lint from the internal and external ductwork, and/or replace the cycling thermostat (read about cycling thermostats in "Drying is too slow," above).

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Have you checked your outside vent while it was running to see if the dryer was venting 100%. If your clothes are hot and humid I would say clean your vent pipe has a blockage and needs to be cleaned out. Also as far as the burning smell you could take the front off (unplug first) the dryer of by removing 4 screws one above and one below the latch and two at the bottom and there are two clips one at the top left and right push in with a puddy knife and lift the top up a couple inches and lift the front up off the bottom holders. Then you will have access to vacuuming the lint that is floating around the burner.

Posted on Dec 28, 2008

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just ry to run in on air dry for a while mayee wth dryersheets. charcoal and baking soda are also good at absorbing smell if you can find a way to implement them maybee baking sod box in dryer not running

Posted on Jul 09, 2009

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SOURCE: Dryer is making my clothes smell like smoke.

I believe some lint went into the heating element or it is overheating. This is a serious risk of fire. Get authorized service for your dryer as soon is possible.

Also, Read the manual to know how to avoid the risk of fire. Please do not wait until your house burns down just to save some money instead of getting a tech for repairs.

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

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There may be a build up of excess lint in the inner tubes. You can remove the vent pipe and visually examine the tube. The build up of lint will cause odor if its excessive and could be hazardous. You may want to unplug the dryer and vacuum the tube out if possible. P.S: The best way to get that fresh smell is to use an outdoor clothesline.. and save energy too! lol

Posted on Feb 23, 2010

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