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Sudden "plant" smell in dryer

I have an old Amana electric dryer (about twelve years old, I think.) Just now when I took a few items out of the dryer I noticed a very strange smell. I can't identify it, but it's sort of like plants or weeds. I went outside to see if the vines outside the house were interfering with the dryer vent. They weren't growing right over it, but they were around it and dryer lint was sticking out of the vent. I cleared away the lint; it was just at the mouth of the vent.

Could plant dust have gotten sucked inside? Do you think dryer lint is trapped in the hose? The clothes dried without a problem and they do not smell. The smell is in the laundry room as well as inside the dryer.

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  • barnbunny Feb 01, 2008

    I think that when the lawn people were here last, they blew plant materials into the vent.

    This morning I noticed what seemed to be a lot of lint BELOW the regular lint trap. I used a round, flexible bristle brush made for drains to clear as much of it out as I could, and then I used my narrow vaccum nozzle to vaccum as much as I could. Then I turned on the dryer to "no heat." I heard some funky noises, like particles flying around. I ran outside in time to clear a little more lint that was stuck against the "anti-mouse" flaps of the dryer vent. The air seems to be blowing out of the dryer vent just fine.

    I've been running the dryer on "no heat" for the past few hours, but the smell is not going away. I don't hear any unusual noises. Do you think it will take lots of running to push whatever materials are in the hose out? Should I run the dryer with heat, perhaps to dry out anything damp?

    Another person suggested to check "inside the cabinet" for lint buildup, but how do I do that?

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Hi,


check for blown fuses or tripped breakers. If so, then check your wiring. :)

The motor may be getting too hot, I would check the inside of the cabinet for lint buildup, and insure that the motor can breathe. Other than that, the bearing might going out ...especially if it keeps making noise on the 2nd load.

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  • Priya darshan Feb 01, 2008

    Hi,

    Go to the below two links it will explain you step by step as how to check cabinet for lint..

    http://www.ehow.com/how_2074306_fix-drye...

    http://aaa-applianceparts.com/dryer.htm

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  • Priya darshan Feb 01, 2008


    For safety, some manufacturers recommend unplugging the dryer and
    turning off the gas supply (if you have a gas dryer) before
    disconnecting the vent tube.

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Hi barn bunny,

you probably have something inside the lid and since it is emitting a strange smell, it is most likely. what you can do is have it clean just to be sure and try to sample clean it with water. to get rid of the smell, you can use citrus to give you that natural smell.
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    earl norman llanera Feb 02, 2008

    checking the insides of your vent aint an easy task, you should have someone with you to assist and like what you mention, you ran outside... have someone at the outside check the vent while you are in the inside. my only suggestion since the lint is not the case anymore, have someone or something you can use see the insdes like using a mirror or something because i could imagine that there might be something inside there thats trapped and moist thats why the smell wont go away.

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Just check that the vine has not grown back into the vent If it has then that may certainly create the effect you have noticed. The vent has only exhaust from the dryer going to the outside. The heated air and water vapor from the dryer may have instilled a smell from the vine you mentioned. but would need an open window or the like nearby to vent the smell back into the room. Under certain wind directions and strenght you may also experience some flow back of smells from outside back into the room after the dryer was turned off, this would not happen when the dryer was on(blowing in an outwards direction). Hope that this has helped you. Happy to talk to you more about it if the smell lingers.

Posted on Feb 01, 2008

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    Graeme Ross Feb 09, 2008

    And it the smells continue, it may well be worth having the machine diassembld to check for vermin. A nice little mouse family may be living in the vent or the unit...

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