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Old 10-09-2017, 04:25 PM
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Default Gas Dryer Burning Smell, Not Lint
Model Number: WGD4800BQ2   Brand: Whirlpool   Age: 1 - 5 years   

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OK, I've had excellent luck up to this point repairing appliances with Appliance Parts Pro. But, now I'm a little stumped, and would welcome any help. (This is a little long, but I wanted to be complete.)

A have a pretty basic front-load gas dryer, Whirlpool WGD4800BQ2, about 2 years old. I started getting a burning smell in my clothes, and immediately assumed I needed to clean out some lint.

I emptied the trap, cleaned out the vent, took out the drum, vacuumed the bottom (including around the burner), removed the box and chute, cleaned those, etc. None of it was terribly dirty, but I cleaned out all the lint I could find. In short, there shouldn't be a lint issue at this point.

The rear drum rollers were a little gummed up. I cleaned those pretty well and got them spinning much better than they were. I intend to replace those, but am waiting to order parts until I figure out if I should be replacing something else, too.

I don't think it's a belt/roller/motor issue, as it only happens when the heat is on. When running a fluff air cycle, there's no smell.

The dryer runs just fine, heats on demand, blows plenty of air out the vent, etc, it's just stinky when the heat is on.

Any guesses?


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