Problem with Amana gas dryer... I recently refinished my wood floors and since then my Amana Gas Dryer omits a foul odor when it runs any setting that uses heat. In addition to makking the room foul any clothes that I put in the machine to dry smell as well. Will this problem go away with time or is there a solution that needs to be implemented?
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I would need to smell the odor but a couple things will cause this. One being built up lint that is smoldering so I would definitely investigate inside for this. Also (more common with gas dryers) is when customers are painting or staining and varnishing in the house. This will give clothes a kerosene type odor. Try to think back to when it started and see if anything was changed in the household routine at that time. Good luck, Eric
The gas valve should not be opening unless the glow igniter glows and sends a signal to the gas valve. I suspect a small leak in either the gas pipe or at the gas valve. You will have to get to the gas valve to perform a leak test. While the dryer is open, replace the igniter.
It's likely one of the coils is opening a break in the coil as the coil heats up. This coil will shrink when cool and be able to run again. In your machine, it appears Amana doesn't sell the coils as a separate item and the whole valve needs to be replaced. The part number is Y504091.
Disconnect power and turn off gas before working on this dryer. Working on gas dryers is not recommended for people who are not professionals.
Service on gas appliances should be undertaken by professionals only due to the danger of gas leakage which can cause fires or death by asphyxiation.
At front, remove 2 screws near floor at the bottom of the lower front panel. Pull bottom of panel toward you and down. The gas valve should now be accessible on the left. Take care not to touch or hit the ignitor or you will be replacing it also. It is VERY brittle.
Questions Gas or Electric dryer? Is the odor there even when not running? Have you recently done any painting or stain/shellac in the house recently? Home perms?
Gas dryers will often give clothing a kerosene like odor if the above conditions have occurred. Any sprays or aerosols can have the same effect. Unfortunately only removal of the culprits and time will alleviate this.
I have read other places that if you have recently painted, stained, varnished or used something in your house that has some sort of oil base it can make you dryer make your clothes smell like Kerosene. My dryer started doing the same thing and it was at the same time that a contractor was staining some trim in our basement. Good luck.
Is it possible that some finishing paint or what not have leaked onto the venting? And every time your dryer is turned on the venting heats up and evaporates the finishing stuff? If it is a considerable amount then it may take a while to completely eliminate the odour.