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Neptune dryer smells like kerosene!

We have not done any type of painting or used any type of solvents recently. This problem happens every once in a while and usually lasts at least a few days. The clothes stink and the smell is very strong inside the dryer if I open it when it's still running or right away after it stops. I was wondering if it could be something in the gas from the provider? Perhaps something in the line? I have read similar statements with other models so I don't believe the brand has much to do with it.

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The smell you are referring to is being caused by aldehydes. The gas burner has incomplete combustion is smothering. Make sure the moisture vent and pipe are not restricted. Try running the dryer with the moisture vent disconnected and see if the problem continues and make sure air flow thru hose is good. Also check outside where the dryer vent exits and make sure there is plenty of air flow. This particular dryer has an inducer fan that pushes the air to the burner and a blocked/plug vent will cause this. You may have to dis-assemble the dryer and inspect the burner compartment for lint build up and restrictions to burner compartment.

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