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I have had a brand new dryer in storage for about 4 months and when i used it for the first time there was not heat circulating. It was tumbling, but making a rattling sound. can you help me.

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Because the dryer is running, but not heating, it sounds like the element. The rattling could be a part of the element that was weak and then broken during the move.

Inspect the element by taking off the back cover [unplug first] and remove the section of the flue-like piece that goes from bottom toward top at angle. The element is the spiral wire that runs inside that larger aluminum section.

Be sure to remeber where the 6 or 8 wires were connected. Grab a digital camera before removing the wires.

If you need an element, it comes with that aluminum section in a large box--not just the curly wires.

I've seen bad elements with breaks that could only be found by continuity testing and some that are obviously burnt in 2 or more places. I've also seen them ground out by a metal bone from a woman's bra. The move and the rattling--I'd check the element.

You have to remove the vent hose before removing the back cover. Be careful not to damage it. The cover can be a pain to reseat and fit around the vent housing at the same time--depending on work space. With part and tools in hand, 1 1/2 hours for a casual DIYer.

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My homemaker dryer is 6 months old. It has a burning rubber smell. When I use it, the clothes come out smelling like burnt rubber even if i use the tumblers to make it smell nice. Can anyone tell me what the problem is? thank you

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