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Strong burning odor from dryer. It went away then is back today.

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Hi. pull your dryer out from the wall and remove the vent pipe. Check inside the lower rear of the dryer for lint in the beginning of the exit pipe and then throughout the entire pipe. This can cause a fire so clean this before you use it again. J.

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If you don't clean out the lint trap frequently, your dryer may have small lint fires inside the cabinet. The smell from these fires can leave a strong odor in the clothes drum.Also, if there are any solvents, paints, lacquers, etc. in use in the house, your dryer may alter and/or amplify the fumes to an odor unlike the natural fumes given by the solvent, paint, etc.
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