Question about Whirlpool GGW9200L Gas Dryer
I have a Performa Maytag dryer - 6 or more years old, been noticing inside of dryer turning gray , i took off front door and cleaned out all the lint, whic was almost black, scrubbed the drum clean (had some black spots stuck on it) and cleaned out the vent (was not clogged) but all lint was black - I thought I might have had a crayon or something in the dryr that caused this - also, have had to run dryer extra to dry clothes properly and sometimes towels are smelling like a burn smell, rubber-like burn smell - now that the dryer is all clean, the lint is much lighter but I still see these black specks when I clean out the lint door, when you touch he black specks they smear like soot..... is this something I can fix?.... help!!!!
There are several possible causes: a) exhaust vent is restricted forcing the lint to enter the dryer shell and overheat and/or be picked up by the blower -- you seem to have inspected this b) check the hot gas inlet to the drum.. on some dryers, lint buildup can occur in tight spots and it will overheat and char c) ducting is not intact or leaks allowing lint to leak into the dryer shell -- this will occur over time, and all dryers should be taken apart and cleaned out on a regular basis... also, all ducting should be inspected and sealed as needed d) verify that the inlet vents to the dryer shell are not blocked and allow adequate air flow to the burner assembly -- natural gas normally won't smoke due to incomplete combustion, but.. likewise, verify the room has adequate ventilation particularly if the utility room or closet is very small, e) check the drum drive belt, as it gets old, it will release dust and minute pieces which will be picked up by the blower -- replace if needed... f) verify that the seals on the drum are still good -- replace as needed g) as 'washer-tech' advised, do a thorough cleaning and inspection... put it back together with all ducting tight and free flowing
Posted on Jul 27, 2008
I have the same problem with my dryer turning my whites gray. I noticed that the inside of my dryer was turning black. I removed the front panel of the dryer and took out the drum. I then remove the burner element then the duct work where the burner element was. There was black soot inside of the duct work. I also noticed there was black soot where the air is pumped into the dryer drum. I removed that duct work also and cleaned both parts. What was happening is that the black soot was being sucked into the drum and being deposited on my clothes. I have not figured out where the black soot is coming from yet.
Posted on Jan 21, 2010
It sounds like something might have ignited in the dryer, something small. you need to remove the front of the dryer and then the front bulkhead. This will expose the motor, you will be able to see the impeller blades and clean anything stuck in there. I would reove the motor so i could clean out the exhaust tube. Look over by the burner area to see if any burnt material is there that needs to be cleaned. That should do it
Posted on Jun 29, 2007
I have the same issue. I think the belt is worn and breaking down. If I wash the dryer out (which is a pain) and it is my first load of the day, no problem, but two or three loads, it seems to heat up and the the smell and the soot reappear, which I think are actually particles from the belt breaking down.
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Posted on Jan 06, 2013
I have the same problem, grey towels which were white. I'm thinking this only happened when we were low on propane which resulted in pressure drop and caused the flame to burn incorrectly and soot up. Propane is liquefied at low temps and our furnace does the same the pilot light burns yellow not blue and soot's up the furnace too.
Posted on Jan 08, 2014
We inherited a fairly new gas dryer when we bought our house 2 years ago. When I first noticed black spots on my light clothing I thought it might be from other sources (black bark mulch) and did not contact the previous owner. After some detective work and help from my brother-in-law (retired Laundromat owner) he found that the machine was set up for natural gas and we have LP. We changed the burner and the dryer is working well, except that there is some soot residue left in the back of the machine. We feel that the machine is most likely going to shed the rest of the soot over time but I am planning to have Sears replace it. Hope that this helps
Posted on Sep 05, 2010
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