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Dryer smells hot

Running dryer, noticed hot smell on the outside of dryer. no odor inside the dryer. checked for lint both in dryer and ductwork, not the problem..

how do i check the belt or motor? which is more likely to cause odor?

Thanks in advance,
Jill

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  • Anonymous Feb 22, 2008

    When the dryer is running there is a smell similiar to a fuel or burning smell.The dryer appears to run fine during these times. All lint areas have been cleaned including the outside vent and the top lint filter. The dryer is on a separate fuse box in the basement.

  • Jeff Rockwell
    Jeff Rockwell May 11, 2010

    When you say you checked for lint inside the dryer, did you check where the heating element is located? This is generally where lint accumulates and can cause a burning smell. Do you have a top mounted lint trap, or a lint trap inside the door? This will determine just where your heating circuits are and how to take the dryer apart to inspect.

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Hi ,

run a load in fluff no heat and see if the smell develops again, if it does then I would suspect the motor or belt. generally most dryers are serviceable from the rear, the whole back panel usually, make sure you unplug it of course. make sure your not overloading your machine with clothes. It should never be more than half full ever. a slipping belt causes a burnout smell like when a car spins its tires at the races, if thats it you might need a new belt or your idler pulley may need to be bent a little so the belt runs tighter, study it

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