If you ever notice a bad burning smell coming from your dryer, you may be wondering what causes it. There could be many different causes for a burning smelling from dryer. First and most importantly, this is not a good indicator as it may be a fire hazard. As per US statistics, one of the leading causes of house fires is clothes dryers. So, it is crucial to identify the source of the problem causing the burning smell in the dryer and fix it.
But don’t worry as in most cases it’s not that dangerous, and you can fix it easily at your home. Here we have tips on the possible causes and tips to solve it.
Usually, a burning smell from the dryer means a potential fire hazard, but you should not panic. Handle the situation carefully and follow our troubleshooting guide. As always, as soon as you notice the burning from your dryer, the first thing you need to do is switch the power supply and unplug the dryer. It will help in stopping any further damage. Now follow the below instructions.
What Causes Burning Smell From Dryer and How to Fix It?
There can be many reasons for the dryer’s burning smell. Let’s have a look at them one by one. Check the instructions on how to open the dryer in the owner’s manual. Normally it involves unplugging the dryer and removing the top and front panel. Now, you will see the dryer’s internal parts that will help you diagnose the problem easily.
Heavy Lint Buildup
Do you see any lint buildup inside your dryer? Many times lint can get trapped in the hose, drum, lint trap, or drum casting. Lint build can hinder the airflow inside the dryer that may cause the dryer to overheat. So it is vital to clean the lint trap frequently to avoid problems in the future.
If there is a heavy lint buildup, then take a vacuum hose attachment and clean as much lint as possible. You should also be careful not to damage other parts such as heating elements etc. Ensure that walls (inside and floor) are neat and clean.
You can also detach the vent hose from the dryer. Shake it a little and remove any debris inside it. After cleaning and removing lint, reassemble the dryer and run an empty cycle. If you are not getting a burning smell from dryer, then the issue is resolved.
Even after cleaning all the lint, you are still getting the burning smell, then the next possible reason can be due to a faulty thermostat. The main function of the thermostat is to sense the temperature of the dryer and control it.
If due to some reason, the thermostat fails, then it will not be able to control the temperature, which can result in the dryer getting too hot. Have a look at the user manual and locate the thermostat. You can use a multimeter and do a continuity test. If the thermostat fails the test, then there is an issue with the thermostat, and you will need to replace it. You can also use an ohmmeter to test it. The reading should be zero. If you get any other reading other than zero, then please replace the thermostat.
Damaged Drive Belt
If your dryer is a bit old, then there is a chance that it may be using a rubber drive belt. The main function of the drive belt is to turn the drum of the dryer. Many times the belt can slip out of its place. The belt can also wear out due to surface friction, or it may break due to heat.
Try to locate the rubber belt inside the dryer. Ensure that it is neither too tight nor loose. Check if there are any signs of wear and tear on the belt. A damaged drive belt should be replaced with a new one.
Old or faulty dryer motor can produce a burning smell from dryer. If the motor is the smell’s source, you will notice a very strong burning smell. You will also observe that the dryer will not run at all, or the dryer will make lots of noise while running. We recommend consulting a certified technician to replace the faulty motor.
If you are still having problems getting rid of this burning smell, you may want to consider getting a new dryer than can help reduce this smell. Also, it will better if you take help from experts to solve these issues. Please do comment, and we will be happy to answer them.
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Over the years, I’ve seen people spend a lot of money on unnecessary repairs or replacements. That’s why I decided to share my expertise and create easy-to-follow guides for fixing appliances on your own.