I have a 5-year old electric clothes dryer. It worked fine until last month. After the dryer running 4 or 5 minutes, a stink smell comes out into the laundry. If the loading is an extremely light (say 3 T-shirts), there is no smell. However, the problem happens even with a load of 1 jean. Tried to solve the problem, I checked and cleaned the inner cabinet, the lint screen, the air-passage after the lint screen to the connecting ring to the the vent (including the fan), the vent, and the exhaust hood, but it doesn't work. There is no new installation in the laundry (nor not newly painted), except a replacement of a circuit break in the fuse box.
When (and only when) the dryer is running, there is a very little "tick" sound comes out from the fuse box at a interval of 5 to 10 seconds. Since the fuse is above the dryer, I cannot tell whether the fuse box is the source of the smell.
Re: Stink Smell from Electric Clothes Dryer/Fuse Box
This should be quite easy to solve.remove the circuit breaker and sniff it. if it is the same smell you are getting when the dryer is running that is your problem.have an elecrtician check and replace with correct value.the dryer is most probably running on an overloaded circuit.
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I don't think the problem lies with the dryer, I would suspect the washer has mold, this is especially true on front load washer, they make products designed just for this problem, check with a large retailer, not sure who makes the mold and mildew remover, I think Home Depot or Lowes may have the product or know about it..
Check the vent for clogging condition that will turn off unit and cause it to overheat. If vent goes up to roof check up there also - that is where mine was clogged with a sort of paper mache clog!!!!!
it seems thatyour getting no heat on the permanent press and gentle cycles correct? if we know the heater is working that takes care of a number of possible causes turn the power off and remove the rear panel of the dryer. you will see a couple of thermo disks mounted on the heater box.you probably will find tons of lint on these thermostats and what happens is you turn your dryer on low heat or automatic cycle where the dryer will run until it senses the clothes have no more humidity inside the drum every time the thermostat shuts off the heater the dial moves a little closer to the off position. if there is a build up of lint around these sensers the dryer will heat up until the sensers turn the heat off. what happens now is the thermostats are nice and warm as the lint buildup iacts like an insulator preventing the thermostat from calling for more heat so it will take forever to dry a load of clothes. brush the lint off the thermostats and while you are at it vacuum the back of the dryer there should be a lot of lint there
Your dryer has a non-resettable "thermal safety fuse" part number 3392519 which stops the machine dead when the temperature near the heater gets too high. Typically a restricted vent system causes this so you definitely want to check that before replacing it. A failed control thermostat can also cause this so check the operating temp too.