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There is a very strong, acrid smell coming from the dryer when it is in operation. It appears to be originating from the drum inside the machine. The lint traps have all been cleared and are cleaned regularly.

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Turn the dryer drum by hand it should have some resistance but not a lot.
does it smell like rubber?

the belt is made out of rubber and the belt overheating does make a plausible cause for the smell.

If its the belt you can replace it and that should solve it.

Posted on Jul 10, 2008

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Hi,

Check the vent opening from the outside..

Posted on Jul 10, 2008

  • Priya darshan Jul 10, 2008

    Most likely the problem with your dryer is a clogged vent inside the
    wall. Also it could be crooked and smashed vent hose behind the dryer.
    It is pretty simple to make sure if there is a venting problem -
    disconnect the vent hose from the dryer and run a one load. If you'll
    see a difference - no doubt the vent needs cleaning.


    Good luck.

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