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Dryer burning smell

Just recently I've noticed a smell almost electrical coming from my electric dryer. I've already made sure there was no lint anywhere on the terminals on the back of the machine and it is clean inside as far as I can tell b/c I
already cleaned the trap with a lint brush. The main plug is fine and no smell is coming from it. The machine operates normally w/out issue when it is on the air dry mode, but as soon as the machine is switched to low or high a bad burning odor starts. I almost smells electrical. any suggestions as to what might be causing the smell. a bad relay, switch, faulty thermostat.

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Re: dryer burning smell

Have you painted or stained in your house or apartment recently? The smell gets everywhere, dryer, stove, heating unit. I recently primed with Kilz and the clothes from my dryer smelled burned. When I called for service, it was the first question the service person asked and said they made a lot of useless trips only to find nothing wrong with the appliance. That was my case. I had to rewash clothes and let the dryer run with towels for a while

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Re: dryer burning smell

I have experienced a problem with my Miele T1515A dryer. I found the cartridge fuse for the red (hot) line was burned to a crisp. This is located in the power converter box and feeds the dryer power plug for one of the hot leads. The smell wasn't coming from the dryer at all. I have replaced all of my damaged (burned) parts in the power converter and now need to plug the dryer back into the power outlet and determine if this was the cause of the sympton of a problem within my dryer.

Sorry I can't provide more information, but this is as far as I have come with my troubleshooting to date for my particular burning smell problem.

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Re: dryer burning smell

Is the fan running....with strong airflow out of the vent pipe? Is the smell coming from the vent pipe? If the vent pipe goes the smell coming from the control panel at the top??

If the fan is not running, or the air is somehow blocked, then the odor is probably caused by excessive heat around the heating element. A seriously overheating element should eventually cause a thermal overload protector to "trip" and shut off the power.

If the airflow is strong, the air intake may have drawn in paper, dust, lint, or something that is near or stuck on the heating element.

A relay, temperature control, timer module, or other part may be burning out. The defective part could possibly be found by "sniffing" the parts in the control panel to find the source of the smell...with the power unplugged!!...otherwise, this may require testing by someone familiar with appliance repairs.

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SOURCE: odor around the lint trap, cleaned but persists

The lint trap is an opening into the dryer vent and vent pipe. The dryer needs to be pulled out from the wall, the vent pipe disconnected and then the back of the dryer and the entire pipe cleaned of lint and other debris. this is the only way to get rid of the odor.

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