Noticed my clothes had a burning smell when I took them out of the dryer yesterday. They were dry and when I ran the dryer with them dry, I noticed nothing, so I assumed the extra pressure of wet clothes had made the belt slip or the motor work too hard and that that was when the burning smell was made. I have the thing apart, and everything turns easily and no wheels are stuck, so I wonder how to guess if it is the belt, motor or something else. The system runs quietly and starts up quickly, except for some squeaks when a heavy load is in there.
ANSWER Hello Gordon,
Most of the time when a really hot odor is detected it can be traced back to the units' exhaust duct. You see, when the unit pulls in room temperature air, this is used to keep the operating parts cooled to a normal temperature. If the unit is unable to get rid of the heat it will cause the entire unit to run hot and this is when the hot odor is noticed, mechanical parts begin failing, and thermal components begin failing. This sounds like you are in the early stages of this type of failures. You should make sure the ducting is not too long, no crimps or clogs are present, and a good air flow is present at the exhaust outside of the home. Another mistake that is commonly made is when flexible ducting is used, excess is not cut off and 25 feet of flexible ducting is "wadded" up behind the unit. This is practically the same as stopping up the exhaust. Think of it this way, the heat helps to evaporate the moisture so the air flow can more easily carry it away from the clothes. The easier the dryer can get rid of the heated moisture, the faster the clothes get dried.
Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com | Tuesday, May 20, 2014