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gillespie45  
#1 Posted : Monday, August 10, 2009 9:27:02 AM(UTC)
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I noticed my 80 series Kenmore electric dryer model# 110.62802101 smells like lighter fluid while running the other day. Upon further examination it seems to be coming from my heating elements.
I opened the dryer up and checked for debris in the elements but found it clean. It does look like the element may be burning the canister that it is sitting in. Is there something that regulates this heating element and how would I check it for getting too hot.
The elements seem to be visually coming on and going off at correct intervals. I have not taken a temperature reading to verify though. any suggestions would help.
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sidfink43  
#2 Posted : Wednesday, August 12, 2009 6:30:24 AM(UTC)
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Wow, difficult to give good advice on this one.

I would suggest you take out the element and wipe it down as best you can, examining it at the same time for any problems. If the problem persists you can change it out, as it is not an expenseive part.

Good luck.
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#3 Posted : Wednesday, August 12, 2009 6:33:52 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: gillespie45 Go to Quoted Post
I noticed my 80 series Kenmore electric dryer model# 110.62802101 smells like lighter fluid while running the other day. Upon further examination it seems to be coming from my heating elements.
I opened the dryer up and checked for debris in the elements but found it clean. It does look like the element may be burning the canister that it is sitting in. Is there something that regulates this heating element and how would I check it for getting too hot.
The elements seem to be visually coming on and going off at correct intervals. I have not taken a temperature reading to verify though. any suggestions would help.


By chance have you done any painting or staining in the house lately?

Dryers draw room air into them and if you have any smells or fumes lingering, they can sure make them smell funny when they hit the heat source.
gillespie45  
#4 Posted : Wednesday, August 12, 2009 8:20:28 AM(UTC)
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( I did think of this) I have a wood shop in the other room That I was clear coating wood in. there is a door separating these rooms this could be the cause I am not 100 percent convinced though. Also I have a 2nd dryer in the room that is not smelling like lighter fluid while its running. I have inspected the coils of the heating element their is 1 section that looks like it has been burning hotter than the rest. Thank for the help it is appreciated.
altogirl  
#5 Posted : Monday, April 18, 2011 6:19:13 AM(UTC)
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I just had this experience and had moved the dryer 2 weeks ago into my new place. The FUSES on the back that connect the dryer plug to the machine had ONE BURNED connection. I will replacet he plug, and of course, while back there will remove the kickplate and vacuum inside.
sidfink43  
#6 Posted : Monday, April 18, 2011 9:10:42 AM(UTC)
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Great, glad you are fixing the problem and thanks for the info and the update!
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