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Brown marks are appearing on clothes after drying. These are not burn marks but rather something that is coming from inside the dryer.

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I have the same problem. I have wiped the dryer several time with soap and water. I only found that it might be the glue on the felt gasket??? Dunno...

Posted on Jun 11, 2010

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    ok... figured it out...the ducting which supplies the heat(in the back of the drum) is contaminated with lint. The lint is charred and introduced to the clothing during normal operation. The charred lint causes the stain(two to four inch long brown streaks) and then is passed through like regular lint. I've never seen the charred lint in the screen. In troubleshooting the "no heat" issue I'm having, I removed the ductwork in the back of the drum and it revealed the exact same color lint as the streaks on 95% of my whites. Resolution: UNPLUG the dryer. DISCONNECT ELECTRICITY!!! Take the back panel off. Remove all the lint. Take the heat supply duct off and clean. Replace it all in reverse order... on a scale of 1 - 10 the difficulty level is around a 2. I got the dryer 5 years ago and noticed the streaks a year ago. Good Luck

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