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Dryer is leaving brown streaks on cotton clothes

Not sure why - we tried various heat settings but the dryer is leaving brown streaks - almost like heat marks on some clothes.

Any thoughts?

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  • DewItYerself Dec 31, 2007

    I have a kenmore electric dryer model 417.80142000 with exactly the same problem. We have been finding small brown streaks on fabrics that resemble burn marks that cannot be removed with spot treatment. Yesterday our new $200 sheets came back ruined. We get these marks on long cycles and short cycles, high heat and low heat. The vent appears to be unobstructed.

  • stumped14609 Jan 15, 2008

    We have the same problem with our seven year old Kenmore Model 417.801420000 Dryer leaving brown or burn marks on clothes.

  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2009

    I also have a Kenmore heavy duty that leaves brown marks that look like burns from a steam iron ~ like brown with a small brown hole pattern in it. Sometimes it's just spots.

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    samsung dryer leaves marks on clothes, why?

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The 417 dryers have two seals on the front panel, the top seal has drum glides which wear down over time. Because the drum rests on those glides, when it wears down it leaves a gap between the drum and the seal, clothes will drag in that gap and come out with rust and/or seal adhesive stains. Try replacing the top and lower seals, this works most of the time...sometimes though, if left unattended long enough, the lack of support from the front glides causes too much strain on the rear drum bearing, and even after replacing the seals clothes may still catch, although the brown spotting will stop for awhile. You can feel the gap if you run your hand along the inside of the drum at the seal point.

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