I have a stacked washer/dryer. When in use the dryer emits a gas smell which is particularly strong by the outside vent. The clothes have been taking longer to dry recently and the last load did not heat at all. The machine is approx. 9 years old.
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Hi from retired Englishman in SW France @ 17:36 Friday afternoon.
Does the water vent/drain into the same plumbing as a sink? If so I definitely suspect the sink u-tube needs a flush-out! Hope this cures it!
The smell you are referring to is being caused by aldehydes. The gas burner has incomplete combustion is smothering. Make sure the moisture vent and pipe are not restricted. Try running the dryer with the moisture vent disconnected and see if the problem continues and make sure air flow thru hose is good. Also check outside where the dryer vent exits and make sure there is plenty of air flow. This particular dryer has an inducer fan that pushes the air to the burner and a blocked/plug vent will cause this. You may have to dis-assemble the dryer and inspect the burner compartment for lint build up and restrictions to burner compartment.
Make sure the vent is not blocked. Run the dryer and feel for a strong air flow at the vent outside. The most likely cause is flexible vent hose used on the dryer is squeezed behind the dryer, blocking air flow. Don't use flex hose. You may have a lot of built up lint in the dryer vent pipes also, which would need to be cleaned out. Also, make sure you are still using the same type of gas. (natural vs. LP) If different, dryer would need to be converted for proper opperation.