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Soot in gas dryer

I have a 4 year old gas dryer running on propane. suddenly i get clothes comming out occassionally w/ black soot on them... what's going on ?

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  • Anonymous Oct 13, 2008

    I have the exact same problem and I took the dryer apart cleaned it all up and also cleaned the vent going out and it is continuing to do the same thing what causing this?

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It sounds as though your dryer may need to be converted for the use of lp gas.or you might have a burner problem.

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