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My dryer is 14 years old and is now leaving dark lines on my clothes. The vent inside the dryer has a dark color around it.What could this be?

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If the dryer is gas this could be caused by a restricted burner assembly causing the burner to be yellow and create soot. You will need to pull the bottom front panel off and inspect the burner flame. If there is not bottom front removable panel or burner inspection cap then you will need to remove the back panel on the dryer. The burner chould look blue(not yellow and soft). If you find the burner yellow you will need to clean out the compartment of lint then use compressed air to cler the burner assembly. After you have done this check the burner flame and m,ake sure it is blue. If it is you have fixed the problem.

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