October 30th, 2005, 06:40 PM
Kenmore Elite Gas Dryer Burnt Smell
I have a Kenmore Elite Gas Dryer model 110.72062100. Recently when we dry clothes, they have a burned odor to them. You cannot smell it while the dryer is running, but you can once the door is opened. The dryer heats up properly and drys the clothes in the appropriate amount of time. I disconnected the dryer vent and dryed a load with the same results, bad smell. I then ran a load on air dry and the clothes did not have the burnt smell. From this I deduce that the burner is causing the smell. Has anyone ever come across this problem and if so, could you tell me what might be the problem and how to fix it. On a side note, a search on Google of dryer smell stated that if you are painting in the house, that could cause a bad smell in the dryer (from combustion of the paint fumes?). I had been painting in the basement with an oil based paint before this problem started. The dryer is located on the second floor of the house and the burnt smell has persisted for four days (and counting) since I did the painting. Could this still be the cause? The house has been closed up as it is getting cold here, but the paint smell has seemed to subside in the basement over the four days. Chris.
October 30th, 2005, 07:44 PM
Your dryer intakes all of its air from the air in your home, whatever you are smelling from inside of the dryer is a direct result of what ever chemical you have used, the smell will not be noticed till it crosses over the heat source inside of the dryer, nothing can be done till this substance has been removed from the home air. Paint is one of the worse for causing this problem. Pegi
October 30th, 2005, 11:48 PM
Yes Paint will cause the issue of smell, as Pegi stated.
As a side note, Other things that I have seen cause a bad smell was a mouse that found a warm home in the heater box that didn't make it out in time.
Also, One of the oddest ones i have seen in 18 years, was dry dog food in the heater box , and alot off it, don't know how that got in there, I was shocked as well as the customer.
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November 1st, 2005, 05:30 PM
Thanks for the Help
We aired out the house yesterday and the smell was gone by night. Thanks a lot for your help. You saved me the cost of a service call. Chris.
November 1st, 2005, 07:03 PM
You'r quite welcome, glad this is resolved...
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