I've had to clean the dryer out a few times, thanks to same teenage son's brilliance of not taking the crap out of the pockets before I find the gum all over his clothes and my dryer! By the way, 6 hours of peanut butter and a butter knife on the clothes has worked, although it wasn't pretty when he got home from school. But I still have a few things that it didn't work on if anybody has any other ideas, other than my policy of never washing our clothes together! So, regarding that God awful smell that's gaggable when opening the dryer, anybody else experience this?
By Michelle V
My drier was giving off a horrible odor off and on for a year.
For the longest time I thought it was my washing machine. It always started on the second load which meant my drier was on the first load. I assumed it was my washing machine because it smelled fishy, like insulation when it gets wet. I have smelled wet insulation and it's horrible.
I tried those machine cleaners by Tide, left the door open so it could dry. Anyway, one day the breaker started throwing and the drier wouldn't run.
Long story short, it was never the washer, it was the drier the whole time and it was because the plug was arcing in the outlet and slowly burning up the wires and the wire coating. That's what I had been smelling all those months. When it finally burned through, it started throwing the breaker. ( Thank goodness for breakers)
I know your drier is gas but it still needs electricity to run. You may want to pull it out and check the wiring if you haven't already. My drier plug and wall outlet were all melted and warped. I don't know how it made it as long as it did. I also ended up needing a small wire in the drier it's self replaced. Total cost about 50.00.
The reason I added all that about the washing machine is because if anyone else reads this and is having an odor problem thinking it's coming from the washer like I did. Hope you get it resolved soon. Nothing worse then smelly laundry room when every thing in there should smell fresh and clean.
Come to think of it, it wouldn't hurt to have the wiring checked on your washing machine too. It never smelled like wires burning the whole time. Other wise we would have caught it right away.
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