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So I emptied the lint trap as I always do before putting in more laundry and start the dryer. When the dryer stopped the lint trapped was overflowing into the dryer. I emptied it and restarted the dryer hoping to get the lint that was overflowing into the dryer, off the clothes and into the lint trap. However it was overflowing again! There was a foul smell that actually burned my nose coming from the clothes. The clothes were not as soft. Turns out a pair of denim shorts had holes in them and cotton t-shirts ripped at the slightist tug. What is wrong with my dryer?? It still spins and is still warm.

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This sounds like you have a blockage in the dryer vent tube. This is the plastic or metal exhaust tube the exits the dryer either in the back or the side. If you know where the vent exits the house you can go outside and with the dryer on you should be able to feel warm air exiting the vent. You might also look to see if a animal has made a next in the outside vent. You may also need to remove the exhaust vent from the back of the dryer, Generally it's connected with a few screws or a ty strap. Once the vent is removed you will physically need to look in the vent to see any obstructions. Remove anything you find. Once again start the dryer on no heat mode if you have on or on low heat and feel if you have any air coming from the vent with the hose or tube removed from the back. If no you have a good air flow then you have cleared the vent, no reconnect the vent tube and recheck back outside. You should have air flow through the outside vent, if not you will need to remove the vent obstruction. If you find that you have no air flow and the dryer drum is turning then you have a broken blower wheel.

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