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Looks like either an accumaltion of lint or dryer material behind holes in drum inside. seems like clothers are absorbing an odor.

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Unplug machine, remove cover and clean with a wet/dry vac, also clean vent line from dryer.

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Crumbly black flecks in dryer, on clothes


first off get a new lint filter part number WE18X53 and it's around 20 to 30 dollars depending on where you buy it,now when you say you cleaned the dryer do you mean you cleaned just where the clothes go into or did you unplug it and take it apart and clean it out?if you look at the inside back wall you'll see holes,on g.e. dryers lint builds up behind the drum and the heat shield,you can try vacumming the lint out of the holes but the best way is to pull the drum,clean the back of the drum out where i was just telling you about,vacing out the cabinet where the motor is and then blow off the motor and cabinet with the shop vac the other side of it blows air and clean out the duct where the lint filter is and clean out the door,then blow out the vent line,if the line is long you can remove it from the dryer and blow it out with a leaf blower,it sounds like the dryer never has had a clean out,i know you most likely will have to call some one in to do this but for now with a shop vac set it up to blow,remove the lint filter and blow all the lint out of the duct,blow it for a few seconds the vac up the lint and do it again until it's clean,then vac the back of the drum,if you put a light in the drum you can see the lint through the holes,you can try blowing through the holes to lossen the lint and then vac it out and see if that helps but the dryer has to be taken apart and cleaned so you don't have a fire,this should be done at least once a year if it's gas and once every 1 1/2 to 2 years if electric,this way your clothes will dry on time and mostly so you don't have a fire. also when it's pulled apart you can check all the parts to make sure nothing has to be changed out like the rear bearing and rollers and pulley,also check the heater to make sure it's not sagging after a while on electric dryers the heater coils can sag down and short out,when you have it apart you can tighten them up and bend them up into shape again,hope this helps and good luck with your machine.

Sep 08, 2012 | GE Dryers

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Odor


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.

Apr 22, 2010 | Whirlpool LER4634J Electric Dryer

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How do I remove the front panel? I need to vacuum out the lint build up inside the dryer. Also, something has fallen down in the dryer and the drum is hitting it when it rotates.


Hi, to clean all of the lint build up, you have to get behind it and remove the back panel to expose all electrical, motor, and lint. As far as something getting into the drum, it would have to get inside from inside the unit only, as the drum is solid on the side you can't see. You have air holes for the heat to come in and a button may have went into the drum and has no way out. At the back of the dryer where the vent connects to the drum, well it is a chute that the heat is blown into, you may be able to pull this back and get in side at the bottom of the drum to see if you can feel around, but unless there is a panel built into the drum on this model, it will have to get lucky and fall out inside the drum again. I would look the drum over good when you are back there cleaning and rotate the drum by hand to see what might be there to excess that part of the drum. Please keep me posted and let me know if you need more help as I would be happy to help you.
Sincerely,
Shastalaker7
PS, Please be careful as it is very high voltage, so make sure the breaker is off and the unit is unplugged. Thanks.

Mar 13, 2010 | LG DLE2532W Electric Dryer

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Burning smell during drying cycle, coming from the inside back left grate. The grate appears discolored.


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.

Jul 11, 2009 | Whirlpool WGD6200S Gas Dryer

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Burning smell in in dryer


Take a flashlight and look inside the drum at the holes on the back end of the drum where the hot air comes in. On mine, there is an air deflector on the back side of the drum and the space between this deflector and the drum was packed with lint. The lint blocked about half the holes. I had to take the drum out, remove this deflector by removing four screws inside the drum then cleaning out the lint. The lint was all brown and scorched.

Jun 07, 2009 | Whirlpool LER4634J Electric Dryer

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Drum makes noise after I unscrewed the screws inside the machine.


You will have to remove the drum from the front and replace the drum support cup kit.

May 23, 2009 | Frigidaire FDE647RF Dryer

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Kenmore elite HE4


THE AIR FLOW THROUGH THE DRYER BEGINS UP THROUGH THE HEATER AND INTO THE DRUM THROUGH THE HOLES INSIDE THE DRUM TO THE LEFT IN THE REAR.
THESE HOLES ARE METALIC IN COLOR AND MAY SHOW SIGNS OF DISCOLORATION DUE TO THE HEAT OF THE HEATER ASSEBLY. FROM THERE, THE AIR WILL FLOW ACROSS THE CLOTHES AND THROUGH THE LINT FILTER.
IF YOUR LINT FILTER IS LOCATED ON TOP OF THE DRYER,
THE HOLES WILL BE IN THE BACK WALL OF THE DRUM ON THE RIGHT. IF YOUR FILTER IS LOCATED IN THE FRONT OF THE DRUM, THE HOLES WILL BE JUST BELOW IT.

USUALLY, LINT WILL COLLECT DOWN INSIDE THE SPACE WHERE YOU INSERT THE FILTER ON A FRONT LOCATION.
PULL THE FILTER OUT AND LOOK DOWN INSIDE. USE A CENTER CARDBOARD FROM GIFT WRAP TO CLEAN OUT THIS AREA. FLATTEN OUT THE CARDBOARD ROLL AND PUT IT DOWN IN THE SPACE ATTACHING THE OTHER END TO A VACUUM CLEANER HOSE.
ALSO, DISCONNECT THE DUCT WORK FROM THE REAR OF THE DRYER AND CLEAN OUT THE DRYER DUCT AND THE HOUSE HOLD EXHAUST DUCTING. WHEN REATTACHING THE FLEX DUCT TO THE BACK OF THE DRYER, MAKE SURE THERE ISN'T ANY EXCESS FLEX DUCT SNAKING BEHIND THE DRYER. CUT IT TO THE LENGTH NEEDED. MAKE SURE IT ISN'T FLATTENED BETWEEN THE DRYER AND THE WALL WHEN YOU MOVE THE DRYER BACK INTO PLACE.

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