Charcoal smell from electric clothes dryer?

Discussion in 'Home Repair' started by Unused Classified, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. I noticed a new odd behavior from my 10 year old electric Kitchen Aid
    dryer, the clothes smell like charcoal or lighter fluid.
    I checked the lint trap and it was empty.
    Is this a symptom of some common problem?
    Thanks
    Unused Classified, Nov 22, 2010
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    ransley Guest

    On Nov 22, 8:59 am, Unused Classified <> wrote:
    > I noticed a new odd behavior from my 10 year old electric Kitchen Aid
    > dryer, the clothes smell like charcoal or lighter fluid.
    > I checked the lint trap and it was empty.
    > Is this a symptom of some common problem?
    > Thanks


    Are you sure the exhaust hose isnt full if lint blocking airflow, that
    could burn out a unit, I wouldnt use it till its checked out.
    ransley, Nov 22, 2010
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    Mikepier Guest

    On Nov 22, 11:18 am, ransley <> wrote:
    > On Nov 22, 8:59 am, Unused Classified <> wrote:
    >
    > > I noticed a new odd behavior from my 10 year old electric Kitchen Aid
    > > dryer, the clothes smell like charcoal or lighter fluid.
    > > I checked the lint trap and it was empty.
    > > Is this a symptom of some common problem?
    > > Thanks

    >
    > Are you sure the exhaust hose isnt full if lint blocking airflow, that
    > could burn out a unit, I wouldnt use it till its checked out.


    Does it smell like possibly the belt is burning or rubbing against
    something?
    Mikepier, Nov 22, 2010
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  4. I just cleaned out the exhaust hose, there was a very small amount of
    lint in there, not enough to cause a problem.

    The smell is really exactly like lighter fluid or charcoal.

    Thanks for the ideas.
    Name Classified, Nov 23, 2010
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    Bob Guest

    On 11/22/2010 06:59, Unused Classified wrote:
    > I noticed a new odd behavior from my 10 year old electric Kitchen Aid
    > dryer, the clothes smell like charcoal or lighter fluid.
    > I checked the lint trap and it was empty.


    Have you checked the air intake path across the heating coil? That's
    the most likely source if the clothes smell bad. The air goes through
    the fan and filter after it passes through the tumbler.

    --
    Bob, Nov 23, 2010
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  6. Unused Classified wrote:
    >
    > I noticed a new odd behavior from my 10 year old electric Kitchen Aid
    > dryer, the clothes smell like charcoal or lighter fluid.
    > I checked the lint trap and it was empty.
    > Is this a symptom of some common problem?
    > Thanks


    Haven't a clue - but if you use charcoal lighter fluid when you cook
    out, you're ruining your steaks - consider one of these:

    http://www.amazon.com/Weber-7416-Ra...1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1290478000&sr=1-1
    Bob(but not THAT Bob), Nov 23, 2010
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    jeff_wisnia Guest

    Unused Classified wrote:

    > I noticed a new odd behavior from my 10 year old electric Kitchen Aid
    > dryer, the clothes smell like charcoal or lighter fluid.
    > I checked the lint trap and it was empty.
    > Is this a symptom of some common problem?
    > Thanks


    Anybody leave a Zippo lighter in a pants pocket?

    Jeff

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    (W1BSV + Brass Rat '57 EE)
    The speed of light is 1.8*10e12 furlongs per fortnight.
    jeff_wisnia, Nov 23, 2010
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    N8N Guest

    On Nov 22, 9:07 pm, "Bob(but not THAT Bob)" <>
    wrote:
    > Unused Classified wrote:
    >
    > > I noticed a new odd behavior from my 10 year old electric Kitchen Aid
    > > dryer, the clothes smell like charcoal or lighter fluid.
    > > I checked the lint trap and it was empty.
    > > Is this a symptom of some common problem?
    > > Thanks

    >
    > Haven't a clue - but if you use charcoal lighter fluid when you cook
    > out, you're ruining your steaks - consider one of these:
    >
    > http://www.amazon.com/Weber-7416-Rapidfire-Chimney-Starter/dp/B000WEO...


    Been doing that for years... but I just take a coffee can and a bottle
    opener and make my own. No handle, keep a pair of Channellocks handy
    to remove it. If it starts falling apart, make a new one.

    nate
    N8N, Nov 23, 2010
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  9. Unused Classified

    Guest

    On Mon, 22 Nov 2010 17:38:59 -0800, Bob <0M> wrote:

    >On 11/22/2010 06:59, Unused Classified wrote:
    >> I noticed a new odd behavior from my 10 year old electric Kitchen Aid
    >> dryer, the clothes smell like charcoal or lighter fluid.
    >> I checked the lint trap and it was empty.

    >
    >Have you checked the air intake path across the heating coil? That's
    >the most likely source if the clothes smell bad. The air goes through
    >the fan and filter after it passes through the tumbler.


    Could be the belt from the motor to the drum is slipping. That
    normally smells like burnt rubber, but not everyone knows that odor.
    Be sure the motor itself is not coated with lint too. This may be a
    good time to open the dryer cabinet and take a vacuum cleaner to
    everything inside, check the belt, and clean out the exhaust pipes
    too. You dont want a fire, and after 10 years they do get a good
    share of lint buildup inside. Also look for any burnt looking wires
    and connections.
    , Nov 25, 2010
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