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Gentlemen, As perventitive maintance on an electric dryer, how would I clean the lint from inside of the lint tray and exhaust without dis assembly of the unit?

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If your dryer is not drying like it once did or if you just have not taken the time to give yourself a clean dryer in a long time then you need to do that. At least once a year the dryer cleaning should take place. Lint build up in the dryer duct is one of the main causes for your dryer to fail.

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Dryer smoking up house and threw exhaust vent smells like something burnt


Hello, Well the smell is most likely from lint that is trapped in the dryer burning. The first thing you need to do is check the lint screen just inside the door. Second is to take the vent tube off of the back of the dryer and check to see if it is plugged with lint inside of the dryer. Clean out any you can see, also if the tubing inside of the dryer is most likely plugged with lint and the heating element is catching the lint on fire. If let go without cleaning this will cause a fire! I work for an appliance repair company and have seen dryers catch fire due to them being clogged with lint, you have two options; first is to clean it yourself, second is to have an appliance repair technician come to your home and clean it. The second is easier and safer but the first is cheaper but very labor intensive. I hope that answered your question and helped. Good luck!

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Clothes dryer velocity has slowed down to point that clothes do not dry. Thank you very much. Paul J.


Hi Paul and welcome to FixYa. I am Kelly. When you say velocity I am assuming we are talking about airflow and not the tumble speed. There are 2 things that cause poor air flow.
1. Lots of lint build up either inside the dryer or in the output vent ducting expecially at the outside thru the wall vent flapper.
2. The blower wheel on the drive motor has a damaged center hub and is spinning on the motor shaft vs driving at full speed.


Pull out the lint filter use a flashlight and look in the very bottom area of the lint filter air passage. This area is notorious for lint accumulation. If you note lint use a vacuum crevice tool and a wire coat hanger folded into a U shape to reach deep into the passages so that you can use the crevice tool to remove the lint.

The lint filter itself can cause restricted airflow. If you use dryer sheets (Fabric softener) these over time accumulate a mirco particulate on them that when you wipe off the lint it appears clean but the air passages are clogged with the dryer sheet material. Wash the lint filter with vinegar and water using a brush, then soap and water.

Next go outside and check the thru the wall exhaust of the dryer vent. Reach up inside the flapper and check both sides of the flapper for lint build up. Clean as needed.

Disconnect the vent ducting at the back of the dryer. Start the dryer. The airflow commig out the back should gently push a relaxed hand away from the exhaust hole. If the air flow is weak use a flash light and look deep into the vent ducting inside the dryer checking for lint build up. Clean thoroughly.

If after doing all of the above you still have weak airflow then the blower wheel area is suspect in the form of either a damaged blower wheel or lint build up at the blower housing exit.

Give it a good cleaning and see what happens. If you sitll have air flow problems there is more I can do to help you with pictures and how to dis-assemble the dryer. Just repsond here and I will gladly help you.

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Clogged lint inside dryer exhaust


there is a vent cleaning kit that can be baught at lowes or home depot and comes with attachments to get down inside the lint trap to be vaccumed out.
you can also lift the lid and remove the front panel and get to the trap area

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lint build up is on heat element canister. take dryer apart on clean with a good vacumm cleaner. unplug first.

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Thin twin washer dryer that smells like burning electrical. The dryer was very hot after the cycle. What could be causing this?


That sounds like the exhaust air is restricted somewhere. Take the lint filter out and wash it in hot water and detergent to remove the fabric softener deposits. Remove the external vent hose and clean the lint from it and the outside shutter assembly. Vacuum below the lint filter and from the exhaust tube that the hose attaches to. Try to get inside the door cavity with the vacuum (watch out for sharp metal edges). Run the machine for a short time with no clothes in it, without the lint filter, and with the hose disconnected to blow out any lint previously missed. Make sure that there is a good volume of air moving. Hope this helps!

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Our GE gas dryer is burning clothes that are fleece fabric or blankets. Any suggestions?


I recently solved this problem on my ELECTRIC dryer by taking apart the lint collection area. Some dryers allow you to do this by removing a couple screws surrounding the lint screen holder. Others require some dis-assembly of the top and front panel.
Once you have access behind or below the lint screen, use your hands or a strong vacuum (shop-vac) to clean out any collected lint that has fallen below the collection screen and settled in the exhaust duct. I pulled out about 100 cubic inches (~1.6 liters) of collected lint, cat hair, and debris that was obstructing air flow.
Obstructed airflow can cause metal parts near the electric heating element to overheat and scorch clothing and is a serious fire hazard. I expect similar problems can occur with gas dryers.

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Kenmore series 90 electric dryer: exhaust air is


that's normal,obviously you haven't cleaned out your dryer and vent line,nobody ever tells the customer when you buy your dryer that it should be cleaned out at least once a year so you don't have a fire more so if it's a gas dryer with an open flame inside the dryer,you gotta vac out the inside where the motor is,clean out the duct that the lint filter slides into and blow out the vent line,i use a leaf blower to clean out the vent line,take it off the back of the dryer,stick the leaf blower in the line if it's a long run if it runs through the wall and to the outside flapper and blow all the **** out of it,also if you have a shop vac put it on blow and blow off the motor,you won't believe how much lint comes off the motor even though it looks clean,so vac out the inside of dryer,clean out the lint filter duct and blow out the vent line

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Water is running out from beneath the dryer


If you have water leaking from a dryer, then you have a clog in your exhaust ventilation ducting somewhere. If the lint is allowed to accumulate to the point of clogging, the warm moist air condensates inside the dryer and ventilation causing more lint to accumulate due to the moisture. This condition will only get worse and needs to be remedied as soon as possible. Water inside a dryer is a hazard due to the electric components located in the bottom of the unit. This is where your drive motor and heating circuits are located.

I would strongly recommend you try this quick test. Unplug the unit and remove the exhaust vent hose from the back of the dryer and try drying a load as you normally would. If the air flow leaving the exhaust is forceful and warm, then the problem isn't inside the dryer. The problem is with the vent ducting AFTER the dryer. You will need to inspect for kinks or clogs in the hose from the point where it leaves the dryer, all the way to where it exits your home. If the ducting hasn't been cleaned in a while, now might be a good time to do so. Leaving a dryer in a clogged state will eventually cause it to overheat to the point of failure. Not to mention, this creates a fire hazard and a habitat for rodents. Mice love dryer lint.

If the air flow leaving the dryer is weak and cool, you may have an internal clog inside the dryer. Inspect the air blower assembly for clogs or obstructions and clean as necessary. Cleaning the lint screens on dryers isn't always enough. Some lint does get past the screen and can accumulate over time. Periodic inspection and cleaning is recommended. I check mine about every three months.

Always remember to unplug the dryer before servicing the inside of the unit. If you have questions along the way, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

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It is taking 3 full cycles to dry my small loads on my Maytag Performa PYE2300AYW. I have cleaned lint tray and trap. I need to clean the lint from the inside of my dryer - How do I do this?


The main area that you have to clean is the pipe leading from the back of your dryer to outdoors. Pull your dryer away from the wall. Unplug it. Unfasten the vent pipe. Now look into the back of the dryer exhaust and remove any lint you see there then look into the vent pipe and remove any lint. Finally go outdoors and remove any lint you see in the pipe or the pipe grill/cover.

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pull your dryer out from the wall and unplug then take of the back cover and looking at the back on the left once the cover is off there is a circular box that has a fan in it if you carfully remove that box it is probly full of lint.

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