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Bad smell inside dryer

After the dryer stops, and it has sit for awhile, we can smell an odor inside the dryer.I took the back off and cleaned all the lint but can still smell the odor.

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  • Toma56 May 10, 2008

    It is not a dead smell, its almost like a plastic burning smell.

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    sprayed vinegar in dryer to get smells out, now, how do i get vinegar smell out?

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You might want to vacum the lint filter and the all the fan blower area some thing in the dryer is dead .

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that's because it's brand new. See if it goes away in a month. After a load has dried leave the door open for a bit. What does it smell like?

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Hi,
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.
Here's what to do:
  1. First, clean all of the lint from the inside cabinet and ductwork of your dryer.
  2. Move all containers of flammable liquids at least 50 feet away from the dryer.
  3. Then, try to clear the odor, by running a couple of loads of old rags or towels.

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Try removing your filter then vaccuming out your dust trap, then remove the air duct, clean it and inside the air exhaust to your dryer. If you have poor air flow through the exhaust duct, it can cause the duct to retain liquid water, causing the odor. Be sure to check for blockage and clean the outside duct as well. If this works, as least you won't have to take it apart! Good luck!!

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If the dryer has been sitting for a while, that may just be dust or lint that has gotten stirred up inside the dryer and ended up on the heating element. This is normal and it will go away. This often occurs after the dryer has been moved or cleaned.

However, just in case, you may want to review your power cord installation one more time. The following link explains:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3575913-installing_a_220_vac_appliance_cord

Verify your installation paying particular attention to how to you have terminated the Ground and Neutral wires. Make sure the terminals are tight and not loose. Loose connections can cause arcing and excessive current which results in burned wiring or melted insulation. If it is correct, make sure you don't have any heavy accumulations of dust or lint inside the dryer cabinet. If the odor does not go away within a day, stop using the appliance and let me know. I hope this helps you.

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Usually when a gas dryer overheats it's because of a defective cycling thermostat or a clogged vent system. Clean any lint from the internal and external ductwork, and/or replace the cycling thermostat . 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.

Here's what to do:

  • First, clean all of the lint from the inside cabinet and ductwork of your dryer.


  • Have a qualified appliance repair technician inspect the dryer for damage caused by any lint fire.


  • Move all containers of flammable liquids at least 50 feet away from the dryer. Gas dryers have a large flame when operating properly and can ignite the fumes of any flammable liquid or gas.


  • Then, try to clear the odor, by running a couple of loads of old rags or towels.

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Anyone of these products or many others like them, contain a distillate of liquid. Check around the house.

Until that oil based product dries or cures, the odor and vapors will remain and so will the dryer smell.

At the end of the drying cycle, use the air fluff cycle to purge out the smell. Besure to return the selector on the dryer back to it's prior postition.

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that's because it's brand new. See if it goes away in a month. After a load has dried leave the door open for a bit. What does it smell like?

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