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dsteel Original Post: Jan 28 '06,  7:20 pm           Reply
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Kenmore dryer- Clothes smell burned

My Kenmore Dryer model 110 728 12100 appears to be drying clothes OK but they come out smelling burned. Lint trap is cleaned before each cycle. Ductwork is also clean all the way to the outside of the house. Any ideas for repair?

     
pvreditor Posted: Jan 28 '06,  7:56 pm           Reply
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RE: Kenmore dryer- Clothes smell burned

Quote: dsteel
My Kenmore Dryer model 110 728 12100 appears to be drying clothes OK but they come out smelling burned. Lint trap is cleaned before each cycle. Ductwork is also clean all the way to the outside of the house. Any ideas for repair?

Have you tried using a dryer sheet? That might make the clothes smell better.

Every now and then my clothes smell a little too "hot" when I take them out of the dryer. It's not all the time, though.

--Bob
     
lorace Posted: Jan 28 '06,  9:09 pm           Reply
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RE: Kenmore dryer- Clothes smell burned

Quote: dsteel
My Kenmore Dryer model 110 728 12100 appears to be drying clothes OK but they come out smelling burned. Lint trap is cleaned before each cycle. Ductwork is also clean all the way to the outside of the house. Any ideas for repair?


I am wondering if this is a GAS dryer. Sometimes they do that, but you evidently keep the filter clean, so I don't know.

Bob's advice with the softening sheet might do the trick. I think, also, you could try it on the Low Cycle and see if that would help.

Good luck and please keep us posted.

Lorace
     
rmassoli Posted: Aug 18 '06,  8:11 am           Reply
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kenmore dryer burnt smell

I have the same dryer and it has a burnt smell too. Tried rewashing and smell was still there. Tried 3 sofener sheets and still there. Lint filter is clean and grew up with gas dryer and never had that smell.

     
tjsir Posted: Sep 04 '06,  7:36 pm           Reply
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Dryer burnt smell

Hello folks! I HAVE THE answer!! You have been actually burning lint/dust build up in the very bottom of your dyer where the gas burner is. Mine was full of this stuff & I had to clean it all out. Obviously no amount of dryer sheets or runnig it "cooler" will help this problem. You will continue to HAVE that "burnt" smell, until you get rid of the BURNT stuff outside your dryer drum & under or at the bottom of your dryer. I had to take mine all apart to get to it (sorry). Anyway, thank God there was no fire in my home, because I am telling you, there was A LOT of this burnt material down there & it sure looks like it WAS on fire - It must be flame resistantr or something, 'casue I wonder why it didn't just keep burning until it was all burnt up! By then, it probably would have started my clothes & my garage on fire too. Good luck to all you burnt smellers.

     
tinkertec Posted: Sep 09 '06,  2:22 pm           Reply
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Dryer will burn out

My clothes would smell burnt too. (I have the Kenmore Elite Model 110). It wasn't anything in the duct work or lint trap. Some loads the clothes would come out really HOT! Then one day the dryer just quit working. The parts inside the dryer burnt out! Lucky for me, my hubby is a very handy guy. He replaced the parts. (bought from the Sears service center). A few months went by. Then my clothes got that familiar "burnt" smell again and the dryer ran HOT. Sure enough, the dryer quit working. (The dryer was only 3 years old at this point). More replaced parts - $250 worth this time!). Well, it has lasted almost 5 months this time. I dried a load this morning and BAM! Burnt clothes and the dryer is busted again! What a LEMON!! I used to always buy Sears, all my appliances are Kenmore but I think its time to move on. . .

     
burntintexas Posted: Sep 18 '06,  8:52 am           Reply
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Burnt Smell

We've had the same experience with lint buildup in the bottom of our dryer. Luckily, we were home when this occurred. My husband removed the kick-plate to find the bottom of the dryer filled with burnt lint. (I'm just glad our house did not burn down.) We clean the lint filter before every load & are very cautious. I'm not sure why the stuff isn't more flammable, but we were lucky. Our clothes have been VERY HOT at the end of the last few loads. If you're having this problem or detect a burnt smell, I suggest that you check for lint. It's been a job getting everything cleaned out, but he's putting it all back together now. Our model is 110. series. Good luck to everyone....

     
sgrudzi Posted: Nov 27 '06,  8:20 am           Reply
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Kenmore Dryer - Burnt Smell

We just had our second incident over the life of our dryer related to the "burnt smell" of our Kenmore Elite gas dryer (model 110.71066000). We purchased it around 2000 and a couple of years ago we had a technician come out and clean out the burnt lint from the bottom of the unit. He said that these models required semi-annual cleaning in the bottom of the unit and cleaning the lint filter wasn't enough.

We have been staying on top of the lint cleaning yet despite our efforts, over the weekend we smelled the "burnt smell" again. My husband pulled off the kickplate and found that this time, it isn't the lint (which was minimal) causing the problem.

It was actually an electrical wire being burned by the gas flames! The electrical wire plugs into the gas ignitor and the flames were wrapping around the ignitor unit and burning the electrical wire.

If anyone else has had this problem, please let me know. I can't imagine that we are the only people experiencing this problem. Between the burnt lint issue and the burning wiring problem we believe this poses a serious fire hazard to anyone using these dryers.

     
neidemello Posted: Apr 07 '07,  12:37 pm (Updated: Apr 07 '07,  12:45 pm)           Reply
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RE: Kenmore Dryer - Burnt Smell

Can you tell me more about your experience?
I never had and smell of burned before just this friday i smelled the burned smell with the smell of gas.
My Kenmore gas dryer caught on fire (model # 41792042101) on 4/5/07 was a really scary experience and i had a lots of water damage, wall damage and the stackable washer & dryer unit lost and or coursed lost time from work and etc
I appreciate any info you can give me
The fire inspectior will be coming on Monday 4/9/07 and I want to be prepared. I started searching on lie for this subjects last nite and I already found a few other incidents and emailed them alking me about their experiece
www.complaints.com/november2002/complaintoftheday.november10.20.htm

www.complaints.com/may2002/complaintoftheday.may19.22.htm
and this morning I one of them emailed me

Thanks

     
runderwo Posted: Apr 17 '07,  7:46 am           Reply
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RE: Kenmore Dryer - Burnt Smell

Sounds like a similar problem to the Whirlpool recall, in that the problem is an exposed wire bundle:

http://repair.whirlpool.com/wgdfaq.html

     
gardening200 Posted: Apr 30 '07,  6:44 pm           Reply
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RE: Kenmore Dryer - Burnt Smell

OMG!!! Last night all of the clothes in our Kenmore dryer burned up as in flames and smoke!!! We were lucky someone was home to put it out, it seriously could have caused a house fire situation! We are considering a law suit if Sears does not give us satisfaction on this issue.

     
gardening200 Posted: Apr 30 '07,  6:47 pm           Reply
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RE: Kenmore dryer- Clothes smell burned

Be AWARE!!! We had not smelled any burned smell but last night our load of towels burned up in the dryer and totally melting the inner lining of the dryer in other words the dryer is totalled. I am pushing Sears hard for someone to come and get it and inspect and replace ours. It is not under warrenty but this seems like a major defect as in recall these units!!! Our dryer is less than two years old!!!

     
gardening200 Posted: Apr 30 '07,  6:57 pm           Reply
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RE: Kenmore Dryer - Burnt Smell

Our kenmore caught fire last night and burned the whole load of clothes inside!! We are very lucky the house did not burn down!!! We are going to get a written fire report so document what they saw so back up our complaints with Sears. This is so beyond what is reasonable I cannot tell and Sears people are SOOOO unhelpful,, NEVER BUY KENMORE AGAIN!!!!!

     
compudude86 Posted: May 14 '07,  1:36 pm           Reply
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kenmore dryer fire may 13 07

we too have a kenmore model number 417.92042101, caught fire yesterday, saw a wisp of black smoke billowing up out of the dryer when the door was opened, it quickly became a very smokey fire, leading to flames, my father received 2nd degree burns trying to move it out of the laundry closet to put out the flames firing out of the back. wires inside were burnt, and after the fire department left the dryer on the porch, i pulled away the panel to see all the burned up wiring, and the side of the plastic blower motor housing had melted and burned. the seal of the door melted, the paint burned off the right front lower corner where the fire had started. apparently this isnt the first of these dryers to catch fire recently.

     
rudixeno Posted: May 15 '07,  7:54 am           Reply
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RE: kenmore dryer fire may 13 07

This type of problem has been noted several times on this board. Has anyone received anything from Sears on this problem?

Rudi

     
lisacugirl Posted: May 25 '07,  11:18 am           Reply
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Kenmore HE5 Burnt smell

I have read all the previous posts on other kenmore models causing a burnt smell on clothes. I have a brand new HE5 that I purchased in February. I had a tech guy come out this morning, and he told me nothing was wrong and that the smell is coming from me remodeling my home. Personally I do not believe this assessment because the smell occurred before I started my re-model. I told him this, but he didn't care. The Sears tech guys are not helpful at all. He didn't even want to look under my dryer to see if there was something wrong. He relied on his diagnostic computer to tell if something was wrong. Has anybody else had this problem with the HE5? Please let me know.

     
wolfgar112 Posted: Jun 16 '07,  4:19 pm           Reply
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RE: kenmore dryer fire may 13 07

we just had this happen in our kenmore gas dryer today. clean exhaust vent and not much on the lint filter. unit was only 2-3 years old. we lost a load of my son's clothes.

going to look deeper inside before the delivery guys from some other store haul it off to see what happened.

     
buddematties Posted: Jun 26 '07,  8:32 am           Reply
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Dryer Fires

Please take the potential of a clothes dryer FIRE VERY SERIOUSLY! I am a forensic consultant that investigates failures that cause fires, and have investigated many clothes dryer fires. Please, take any sign of overheating of your clothes dryer seriously - do NOT continue to use it until you have it evaluated by a professional! There are a multitude of reasons that it could cause a fire - but undoubtedly can. Personally, I suggest that a clothes dryer NOT be operated when a risk of fire can go undetected - especially when you and your family are in bed!

     
buddematties Posted: Jun 26 '07,  9:50 am           Reply
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Report to CPSC

Please report all such incidents (even if not a fire) to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC)at the following link: http://www.cpsc.gov/

Reports of overheating and smoke are just as important, as it allows investigators to examine unburned units of models that may already be under investigation for causing a fire. This CAN LEAD TO A RECALL!

     
rcsam Posted: Oct 07 '07,  10:20 am           Reply
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Burnt smell sears Elite

Reported incident to CPC. Suggest you all do the same. Strong burnt smell Sear Elite 110. 74994300. Manu at Hoffman estates Ill.

     
gailq Posted: Nov 16 '07,  5:21 pm           Reply
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RE: kenmore dryer fire may 13 07

Had one burnt clothes episode, a burned out thermostat, and then the board went on a Kenmore Elite Oasis dryer 110.77052. Got the major run around from Sears. Finally got through to a 'partner company' which works with Sears and got an exchange on the dryer. Phone number to the company is 1-800-479-6351. I'm getting an LG. Wish me luck. Better than burning down the house.

     
stevez Posted: Dec 04 '07,  10:12 am           Reply
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RE: kenmore dryer burnt smell

the smell you have in your dryer is probably comming from the main PC board. The load resister r2 is mismarked . It is marked at 5k ohms and should be 9.6 A manf. defect. I am, trying to find the responsible party to get reimbersed for repair.So check your PC R2, not hard to find because it will be burned clean through the pc board.

     
stevez Posted: Dec 04 '07,  10:33 am           Reply
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RE: Dryer will burn out

resistor r2 is defective. Check your mother board for burn on the board itself.

     
stevez Posted: Dec 04 '07,  10:37 am           Reply
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RE: Kenmore dryer- Clothes smell burned

I am trying to alert all on this site to possible Manf. defect on the main pc board. Check resistor r2 on main mother board.the area around r2 will be burnt. It is the load resistor for the heating control. I have been smelling mine for about the day I started running it 3 yrs. ago!!!

     
stevez Posted: Dec 04 '07,  10:42 am           Reply
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RE: Kenmore HE5 Burnt smell

Check out your main PC board. The load resister r2 is proban
bly at fault. had the sameproplem and found mismarked part on the mother board. It is a part manf. by the thousands. So everyone is going to have this problem sooner orlater

     
txzman Posted: Dec 06 '07,  8:59 am           Reply
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Kenmore Dryer Fire HE3 Elite

5 year old gas unit model 110.92822101. Second flash fire from lint build-up in the bottom of the dryer in the last 12 months. I decided to put a clean-up schedule for the area every six months, didn't make it before the second fire incident. So far I've had no luck with Kenmore admitting to any fire issues with their dryers. Is the root cause the control board over heating? I'm confident that the only thing keeping my fire from becoming more severe is the lack of oxygen to fuel it in that area. We no longer operate while away from the house. Suggest anyone who has one of these units to either replace it or setup a monthly clean-out schedule for the bottom area. Unless, replacing the control board fixes the issue? Please advise.

     
juewlz Posted: Jan 12 '08,  11:24 am           Reply
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burnt smell

Our dryer, after 10 years, suddenly had a burnt smell. I came on to this website and was freaked out about what I read. All the fires in the dryers. As it turns out, we called for maintenance and he cleaned out all the lent that had accumulated in the dryer system. It was pretty evident that some of the lent inside had actually caught on fire and was burned. We were very lucky to not experience any large fire. Generally, you are suppose to have this cleaned out yearly. It was a $120.00 well spent. We will also keep up with it yearly.

     
joan1234 Posted: Jan 12 '08,  12:56 pm           Reply
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burning smell and water sound in my kenmore dryer

In reference to the Kenmore Dryer burning smell - This week I phoned Sears to check out the burning smell. The repair man came and said that smell was a common ocurance and he left without leaving a repair sheet. When I called the repair department of Sears the woman said this was normal. That night my husband pulled out the dryer and disconnected the ducking in the back the duck was filled and blocked with lint that accounted for the burning smell and an additional problem on hearing water swishing which my husband found water in the duck itself. There was no lint in the wall. We have had this dryer for only 6 months and it always had a burnt smell with every load. We are trying to return this dryer to Sears but the concern was that after reading this web site we called the manager of the The Great Indoors and he demanded we ignore this web site. They know the problems and they are ignoring it. The link catcher does not work or hold lint. The lint falls to the bottom of the dryer and is blown toward the duck and gets stuck. This is a fire hazzird.

     
pvreditor Posted: Jan 12 '08,  8:35 pm           Reply
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RE: burning smell and water sound in my kenmore dryer

Quote: joan1234
...The lint falls to the bottom of the dryer and is blown toward the duck and gets stuck.

I'm not trying to be snotty about this but the lint got stuck in a duct not a duck. You can get a duck stuck in a duct but it's not a pretty sight.

--Bob
     
ekoshak Posted: Jan 28 '08,  3:24 pm           Reply
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burt smell

I have a Kenmore 417.93142202 that is 5 yrs. old. It was converted to propane after we moved to So Cal from natural gas. There was a large fitting that had to be changed to make it use the propane more efficiantly. Now I have a burnt fan, the bledes in the drum are melted, teh back of the drum is burnt and the back of the dryer is burnt. I clean out the duct and the interior at least everyother month and teh lint trap after each load. Could this be a dryer issue or one I take up with the company that changed the fitting.

     
aghopkins Posted: Feb 29 '08,  12:50 pm           Reply
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Burning underneath Kenmore 110 dryer

I just came across this post while searching for WHY my dryer is having problems. At least once every 6 months, I smell a horrible burning smell from underneath my 5 year old Kenmore 110 dryer. Every time, I take off the kick place, vacuum out all the burnt lint and then things are fine for awhile. This time, I noticed that all of the wires are charred. I'm scared to run the dryer now because of that.

What gives? I'm sure my warranty has expired -- if I even got one.

What do I do? I don't want to pay somebody $500 to tell me that I need to buy a new gas dryer.

It seems like other people are having this same problem. It's dangerous and somebody should be notified of this problem.

     
rvgal Posted: Mar 28 '08,  1:36 pm           Reply
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burnt smell on Kenmore Dryer

I exprerienced this burnt smell last night and luckily we're at home. I removed the lint filter and found out about lint build up at the bottom of the dryer. We're on top of cleaning the lint filter everytime but not looking at the bottom. Very poor design! Removed lint buildup and run the dryer again. This time no heat is coming out of the dryer. I'm tired of this Kenmore brand. This is my second Kenmore dryer from Sears and both lasted only 5 years!!! I'll never buy Kenmore again.

     
kenmoresucks Posted: May 04 '08,  1:35 pm           Reply
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Sears is awful

We have a sears Kenmore model 417.93142300 and we first had the burning smell within the warranty of the dryer, It was also melting fleece clothing. Called Sears and they came out and took the temp. of the dryer inside of lint filter, he ran the dryer, looked at the temp. and told me it was within normal limits. 31 days later I was washing my daughters comforter (came out melted) and mattress pad (came out with brown burnt marks). Called Sears again and they would not come out unless we pd a trip charge fee and labor, we were 1 day over the extended 30 day warranty. I have to dry everything on low and I hang anything fleece or nylon. The comforter and mattress pad are neither of those. I barely use the thing in the summer thanks to my clothes line. All of this happened in 04/05 and now today I just tried drying 2 new mattress pads on low/damp dry and guess what they are both ruined! This dryer sucks.

     
msossai Posted: May 15 '08,  11:32 am           Reply
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RE: Kenmore HE5 Burnt smell

We have the HE4, we purchased about 20 months ago. Recently we have been having a really horrible "burnt" smell in the drum as well. It makes our clothes REEK!!! We had a sears tech come out, he too blamed it on our basement repairs/remodle. He stated that I must have put something in the dryer with paint or something on it. THe guy wasn't even here 15 minutes, he charged us for 30 minutes of time plus the service call fee. He tried selling me their warranty, and even made a comment on getting his credit if I called within 48 hours to buy into the extended warranty!! His fix was to have me run it empty or throw old rags in until the smell is gone.

Prior to this tech coming out, my husband disconnected the ducting, and stuck his arm in to make sure there was no blockage. It has NO burnt smell whe the dryer is off, JUST when it is on, and I am telling you this is a bad smell! I tried soaking some old blankets in white vinegar and water, I have run more a couple more loads now, and ABSOLUTLY NOTHING is helping! I have now found this thread, and am horrified of running the dryer!

I am waiting to hear back from corporate again, as the woman was trying to convince me that is chemical (latex primer) I can't even tell you how many loads I have done in the past year and a half with my husbands and father in laws "work" clothes in it and this has never happened. (We have been working on our basement on and off for the past 2 years)

I am a little upset.....can't you tell?

Thanks!

     
rudixeno Posted: May 16 '08,  5:07 am           Reply
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RE: Kenmore HE5 Burnt smell

Welcome to Epinions. I'm sorry you're having this problem. Can I suggest that you write a complete review on this product so that more people can benefit from your experience. That would get this message to many more people.

Rudi

     
yeahitsme Posted: May 16 '08,  4:29 pm           Reply
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RE: Kenmore HE5 Burnt smell

Quote: msossai
We have the HE4, we purchased about 20 months ago. Recently we have been having a really horrible "burnt" smell in the drum as well. It makes our clothes REEK!!! We had a sears tech come out, he too blamed it on our basement repairs/remodle. He stated that I must have put something in the dryer with paint or something on it. THe guy wasn't even here 15 minutes, he charged us for 30 minutes of time plus the service call fee. He tried selling me their warranty, and even made a comment on getting his credit if I called within 48 hours to buy into the extended warranty!! His fix was to have me run it empty or throw old rags in until the smell is gone.

Prior to this tech coming out, my husband disconnected the ducting, and stuck his arm in to make sure there was no blockage. It has NO burnt smell whe the dryer is off, JUST when it is on, and I am telling you this is a bad smell! I tried soaking some old blankets in white vinegar and water, I have run more a couple more loads now, and ABSOLUTLY NOTHING is helping! I have now found this thread, and am horrified of running the dryer!

I am waiting to hear back from corporate again, as the woman was trying to convince me that is chemical (latex primer) I can't even tell you how many loads I have done in the past year and a half with my husbands and father in laws "work" clothes in it and this has never happened. (We have been working on our basement on and off for the past 2 years)

I am a little upset.....can't you tell?

Thanks!


Most likely you have a buildup of lint inside the dryer, it comes from leaks in seals, blower housing seal, duct seals, rear and front drum seals. Also if u have the unit side vented make sure u have the proper side vent kit installed. You should have a professional service tech. come out and check the unit even if u have to pay, then try and get a refund.
     
spazdoc Posted: May 17 '08,  6:39 pm           Reply
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Odd Smell?

We also have a Kenmore Elite in our 3 family condo unit. Recently, we have been having more of a bad body odor (BO) smell for about 9 months with the dryer. Even more recently, we have noticed a chemical smell with the dryer running, although I would personally describe it more as a chemical/latex odor, rather than a burning odor. I had initially blamed it on our 'new' neighbors that moved in 9 months ago.

We just had the dryer serviced and specifically cleaned for lint 2 months ago, so I have been a little less worried about this, but I guess I should call the guy out again.

     
bnu06 Posted: Aug 04 '08,  10:25 am           Reply
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RE: Kenmore Dryer - Burnt Smell

Our 5 year old Kenmore dryer did catch fire this weekend too - thankfully we were home or else our whole house and pets would have been lost! I am 23 weeks pregnant and it was pretty scary! We had to use the fire extinguisher on it and throw flaming clothes outside and hose them off to contain it. We always cleaned the lint trap and also vacuumed all the ducts recently. A year after we purchased it, we had a Sears repair man out because we noticed it running louder than usual after it had been on for more than a few minutes - we also noticed the clothes getting very warm inside. The technician said that is just how it runs and that there is a sensor to keep the temperature from getting too warm and it would never catch fire - LIARS!! Ours must have been defective because a few years after that it DID catch on fire. We frequently would vacuum up the lint and ducts because we were afraid of a fire one day. These dryers are terrible and something needs to be done about this. Sears gave me the run-around when I called them about it and passed me off to 5 different numbers before I spoke with someone. They told me there is nothing they can do since it is out of warranty. I filed a product safety claim with Kenmore and with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) - people need to know about this! I am willing to challenge Sears/Kenmore on this because it's just not right that we almost lost our house because they sell horrible dryers! Does anyone know any steps for taking action or getting anything out of Sears?

     
kornh Posted: Aug 26 '08,  6:07 pm           Reply
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RE: Kenmore Dryer - Burnt Smell

We have a 2006 HE model and the last two load stink bad. It smells alot like the propane odor in the clothing. The dryer is stopping before the clothes are dry and the clothing smells. I checked the duct and it is clean. I typically remove the duct every month. I have not opened the unit and checked it yet. ( I will do that before I turn it on again )
Does anyone think the smell could unburnt propane or unburnt natural gas. Hole in the heat exchanger???

Has anyone actually pushed sears enought to do something about this?

     
heljod Posted: Sep 24 '08,  12:21 am           Reply
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burning smell in dryers

My Whirlpool Imperial Series gas dryer also had a burning smell on our clothes. I took my dryer apart. There are a couple of things that causes the dryer to overheat. One is not changing the lint screen often enough and washing it out. Two if your fabric softener sheet blocks the vent holes in your tumbler. Overheating the dryer will tend to stretch the tumbler belt and will get loose enough for the motor pulley that turns the tumbler belt slips and starts burning the belt similar to a vacuum cleaner belt when it gets loose and a burning smell is present. The only way for the burning scent to go is thru the burner into the tumbler which get into the clothes and out thru the lint blower vent. The tumbler also rides on felt and if dirt and lint gets into the felt it causes friction which causes alot of strain on the tumbler belt. Its also wise to check the tensioner belt to see that the bracket did not slip out. I had to drill a hole and put a screw to keep it in place since they did not put one on. I oiled the motor and wheels that support the tumbler and put it back together. If the burnt smell comes back, I'll just go ahead and change the tumbler belt.

     
jhinga Posted: Oct 16 '08,  6:03 pm (Updated: Oct 16 '08,  7:51 pm)           Reply
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Post: 205870
RE: burning smell in dryers

RE: Have you tried using a dryer sheet? That might make the clothes smell better.

OMG NO!!!! That is BAD advice. Cover up the problem? That's no solution!

1. Stop using the dryer sheets. Those things have waxes, and other ingredients that are noted on a well known manufacturer of dryer sheet's MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET that "Burning can produce carbon monoxide and/or carbon dioxide." Then WHY do we use them in OUR DRYERS????????? The wax builds up and breaks down the seals (according the TECH that serviced my dryer) and also said they aren't good for the dryers.

The dryer sheet directions are of course, very easy – “Add a new sheet on top of clothes at start of drying. Discard after each dryer cycle. For large loads or extra softening, use an extra sheet.”

OMG right on the box it states

*AVOID DIRECT CONTACT WITH FABRICS.

AGAIN WHY DO WE USE THESE??

2. TAKE OFF THE COVER and VACUUM the INSIDE and UNDER THE LINT TRAP! CHG the outside vent and duct.

3. Do NOT dry any jerseys that have "IRON ONs" or PLASTIC lettering applied.

I have a KENMORE ELITE 110 928832100. I vacuumed that thing out THOROUGHLY and it did stop smelling for a while then bam, it did it again? I think it is the dryer sheets. I hardly use them....but when I did....burnt smell!

Please someone else test this so I can see if it is just me.

     
pvreditor Posted: Oct 17 '08,  7:37 am           Reply
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Post: 205912
RE: burning smell in dryers

Quote: jhinga
RE: Have you tried using a dryer sheet? That might make the clothes smell better.

OMG NO!!!! That is BAD advice. Cover up the problem? That's no solution!

I appreciate that you stopped by and gave us your experience. However, I've been using dryer sheets for 15 years and have never had a moment's problem with the dryer wearing out or the clothes smelling bad. About the worst that happens is that a dryer sheet will get into the arm of a shirt and fall out suddenly when I'm at work.

I have a dryer that was old when I bought my house in 1993. It still runs fine and I use a dryer sheet with every load. I have never done any maintenance to that dryer, beyond cleaning the lint trap. (Note to dryer: Please don't die this weekend!)

Dryer sheets may cause problems in some situations but they are not the axis of evil.

--Bob
     
gregor0313 Posted: Nov 15 '08,  7:24 am           Reply
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Post: 209258
kenmore dryer fire

Be more concerned about your safety and your home then the smell. Kenmore product # 417.93042202 manufactured 06/03 gas dryer smelled like burning clothes for the first time. When I pulled the lint screen smoke started to come out of the lint screen area. I ran to get a fire extinguisher and when I returned 15 seconds later the whole inside was on fire, smoke everywhere. I wound up putting it out with a garden hose, took a good 10 minutes. If I waited for to fire dept I would have lost my house. Fire chief said it was an electrical malfunction involving the motor. Not only was the whole inside either charred or melted, but the flexible metal duct to the vent was burnt through. Don't run these at night or while away, better yet get of rid of this liability.

     
jhallen Posted: Dec 07 '08,  7:16 pm           Reply
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Post: 211622
sears 417.93042202 on fire!

I think this dryer has a serious design flaw: mine just caught on fire as well a few hours ago! We clean the lint filter before every load and keep the hose clear as well. The fire started somewhere between the drum and the outside metal case. The firemen think too much lint somehow builds up in there. There were surprised that there was no service port to clean out the inside.

Luckily I was in the basement at the time, our hot water heater broke and I was looking at it. The dryer was on, and I heard a wooshing noise. I turned it off, and then noticed the orange glow in the crack between the front panel and the rest of the dryer. I put out the fire with our kitchen fire extinguisher. Thank god we had not gone to sleep yet or were out.

     
carscheles Posted: Jan 17 '09,  3:11 am           Reply
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Post: 214833
Model 417.92042101

We had Sears repair center out to fix our gas dryer yesterday (because it wouldn't run) and found out that there was a fire inside the dryer that we didn't even know occured. We were lucky that it put itself out.

The dryer was loaded up with lint inside - and I usually clean the lint screen TWO times per load. It definately wasn't for lack of cleaning the lint screen!

I urge anyone who has this same problem to contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission. They can only find out about unsafe products through people like us reporting things to them. The direct link to the complaint form is -
https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx

     
crs9ep Posted: Jan 24 '09,  10:46 am           Reply
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Post: 215724
Kenmore Dryer 110 7109600 & Smoke Smell

Today the wife called the Fire Department to investigate a burning smell.

Firemen pinpointed the source as the Dryer.

They agreed with the burning smell going down the basement steps and grabbed their heat camera to look for the source of the burning smell. Coming from bottom of dryer.

Lots of lint everywhere, but not sure if this is the cause. Smell is coming from bottom of Dryer.

Looks like this thread is onto something.

Gettign ready to go check this out further, I'll let you know what I find.

     
ronaldregina Posted: Aug 18 '09,  5:35 pm           Reply
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Post: 233734
RE: Dryer burnt smell

how do I take my dryer apart and which part do I need to take apart?

     
rudixeno Posted: Aug 25 '09,  10:56 am           Reply
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Post: 234412
RE: burning smell in dryers

Quote: pvreditor
I appreciate that you stopped by and gave us your experience. However, I've been using dryer sheets for 15 years and have never had a moment's problem with the dryer wearing out or the clothes smelling bad. About the worst that happens is that a dryer sheet will get into the arm of a shirt and fall out suddenly when I'm at work.

I have a dryer that was old when I bought my house in 1993. It still runs fine and I use a dryer sheet with every load. I have never done any maintenance to that dryer, beyond cleaning the lint trap. (Note to dryer: Please don't die this weekend!)

Dryer sheets may cause problems in some situations but they are not the axis of evil.

--Bob


Actually some of the manufacturers of newer machines have warned against using dryer sheets. It appears that they can leave a coating or film on the heat sensors that trick the machines.

Rudi
     
grmayber Posted: Aug 31 '09,  7:47 pm           Reply
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Post: 235160
RE: Kenmore Dryer - Burnt Smell

My son gas dryer was on and think value caught cloth on fire and feed up the wall and burned half of house down. there were three people taken to hospital for smoke as, they are lucky to be alive.

     
jem0214 Posted: Jan 06 '10,  2:56 pm (Updated: Jan 06 '10,  3:28 pm)           Reply
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Post: 246997
RE: Kenmore Dryer - Burnt Smell


Model #41794872301

I have a stackable washer dryer by kenmore. It has caught on fire twice. The first the maitenance repair guy came out apparently he reported user neglect and our extended warranty was canceled but it was repaired. They claim that we didn't clean out the lint tray; we did, we have and continue to do so. This time it caught fire again but Kenmore stated again its user neglect. Somehow lint continues to get into the motor but we are suppose to clean the lint from there even though we have no access to the motor. The first fire was 2 years after we bought it; it has been approximately now 2 years since the first fire and again back to square one. Did you contact Kenmore? We are filing a complaint with Consumer and Affairs and will contact the fire marshal as well.

     
nicki0923 Posted: Aug 04 '10,  5:25 pm           Reply
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Post: 259789
KENMORE DRYER

We have just experienced the very same thing with our dryer.
After returning from vacation this weekend and washing up the dirty clothes we brought with us the dryer was beginning to emit a very bad smell. After a few loads I went to look inside the dryer. When I opened the door and looked inside I saw a lot of steam coming off the clothes and if it was steam it made me cough and burned my eyes very bad. The once clean clothes have a very bad smell to them now and I'm not sure if this smell is going to go away. I told my husband and he suggested that we run the dryer with dryer sheets in it and maybe that will take care of the smell. I didn't want to do to do that I wanted him to take the back cover off and see if maybe there was something blocking the motor causing it to run hot. He did and found nothing but a very sparse amount of lint. Since I had a load of clothes from yesterday that needed to be dried he said he would dry them when he ot home today. Actually it was a good thing I was running late this morning or I would have put them in to dry before leaving to go to work. This is the scary part, he said the dryer had been running about 15 or 20 minutes and he bean to smell the same smell from yesterday. He also said that the dryer kept sayin for him to check the lint trap so he did and there was some but not a whole lot at that time. So he started the dryer up again and within a few minutes the underside of the dryer was on fire. Now we know there was no build up of lint because we had just checked the inside of the dryer. So what was it?? We don't know yet as we're waiting for the thing to cool down, which by the way is sitting in our backyard. Sears/Kenmore will never own up to selling faulty products it will always be the consumers fault that this has happened. Contacting the Consumers Safety Board or file a class action suit against Sears/Kenmore may be a solution. Had I put my clothes in this morning not only would there have been a very good chance that we could have lost our home not to mention our beloved pets. How many people that have lost their home may have had a Kenmore Elite Dryer or any Kenmore appliance in their home. Might be worth mentioning to Consumer Safety Board and see if that might spark,no pun intended, some interest. I will talk to a Corp. Lawyer friend of mine and see if he may have any suggestions as how to proceed. I am very thankful that my house is still standing and that my dogs are safe. But I cringe every time I think of the times I have left the house with clothes in the dryer.

     
hauntingodor Posted: Sep 13 '10,  9:05 am (Updated: Sep 13 '10,  9:08 am)           Reply
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Post: 262188
Dryer causing funky burn odor?

I have a Whirlpool dryer (LER3624EQ1). There is this smell haunting me, driving me mad. I happen to be a person who is very sensitive to odors. I swear every time I do laundry, I exit my laundry room and boom this awful smell hits me. Why I can't smell anything other than fabric softener in my laundry room is beyond me. I've noticed the funky burnt smell on my sheets and clothes (when in the sun). My husband has already cleaned out the dryer and replaced the venting. Maybe one load smelled normal. It is an electric dryer and I am afraid one day it will start a fire. I always clean out the lint with every load. What gives?
I also thought it was a sulfur problem from the water in my washer, but it doesn't smell like rotten eggs. They only way I know to describe it, is a lamp shade burning. (my kids hit the lamp causing the lamp shade to touch the bulb and burn)
Please help. I would be forever grateful if this smell goes away !!

     
safetynow Posted: Oct 06 '10,  1:07 pm           Reply
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Post: 263797
MY KENMORE ELITE DRYER

MY KENMORE ELITE DRYER HAS ACTUALLY CAUGHT FIRE TWICE, ALTHOUGH WE CLEAN OUT THE LINT TRAY AFTER EVERY USE AND THE VENT IS CLEAR, WHETHER IT'S A BAD DESIGN OR A BAD UNIT I DON'T KNOW BUT THE LINT DROPS THROUGH TO THE BASE WHERE THERE IS AN OPEN FLAME AND THE LINT THERE THEN CATCHES FIRE AND SMOLDERS, CAUSING A HORRIBLE BURNING SMELL, SOUNDS LIKE OTHER PEOPLE ARE GETTING THE SAME PROBLEM, BE CAREFUL DO NOT CONTINUE USING IF THIS HAPPENS AND CALL A TECH OUT,

     
twinsagn Posted: Jan 15 '11,  7:40 pm           Reply
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Post: 270554
Another Close Call

My Kenmore HE4 caught a load of towels on fire as they were being removed from the dryer. These then caught the other clothes in the laundry room on fire. Thankfully the fire department responded very quickly and damage was minimal. Reported to Sears, they have started a claim and are supposed to send someone to investigate. After reading all of this on here I can't believe they haven't done something yet.

     
trecastagni Posted: Jan 23 '11,  9:13 am           Reply
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Post: 271027
RE: Another Close Call

I am in shock at what I am reading! today I went into the laundry room to find the room reeking of smoke...I opened the dryer door and it was so intense but no fire or smoke. I checked the lint trap and then went outside to check for lint and it was clear. My son came in an told me not to run the rest of the load of course...a whole load of half dry half smoked clothes and now what? From what I have read it would be a waste of time and money to call a repair person to fix this...I would be afraid of it happening again. I think we have been lucky to have found out before we had a house fire! I will report this to the consumer protection agency as well. Since these reports go back to prior 2006, why hasn't anything been done about this?

     
clash10660 Posted: Jun 15 '11,  1:56 pm           Reply
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Post: 278134
Frustrated with Sears

I have a almost new dryer Model 79580021900 that had a fire last week. A load of towels that was not dry the first time was started again and about an hour later the entire house had a eye burning haze in it. When I called search to set up appointment they sold me there Service Smart agreement which I figured I'd need to offset the cost of a new dryer.

A week later a tech came, looked at the drum, said it was not a mechanical failure, the Smart Protection Agreement would not cover it and told me to cancel agreement and turn in on Homeowners.

Obviously my homeowners wants Proof that it was not mechanical failure and I have no evidence and no report from the Sears Service Tech and it has been a week. I don't think the technician did his job, he did not attempt to test the dryer, did not diagnostics, did not pull the dryer out and open it up.

If my homeowners covers the loss, I will not be replacing this unit with a Sears brand. Poor service and i'll never trust the product again especially after seeing the reviews above.

     
cleanagain Posted: Aug 21 '11,  5:43 pm           Reply
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Post: 281893
Burnt smell

Ok, I came home today to find out that the wife did not want to use the dryer due to bad burnt smell in the dryer after she used it. She was looking for a new set already. So I read some of the previous post about the possibilities. So I removed the from bottom cover then look inside to find out what was burning. Here is what I found and solved the burnt smell.
Inside the burner barrel was a fine rust dust built up at the bottom (from barrel rusting way). I remove the burner assembly and cleaned all of the rust power away with the vacamum while I had the cover off I also cleaned all of the lint from everywhere in the bottom of the washer (to my surprise there was a lot of it).
After cleaning all of the stuff, the wife used it to dry some more clothes that she had in the washer, well what you know that burn smell went away, and she was happy, I was even more happy to keep my money in the bank and not buying a new set.

     
paulielolly Posted: Sep 09 '11,  12:03 pm           Reply
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Post: 282911
Kenmore Elite Dryer Smell

I bought a new Kenmore Elite Dryer this week and it seems to run great. I wore a shirt to work that had been dried in it and I smelled burnt all day. The funny thing is I didn't notice a smell in the dryer or even on the clothes until I was stuck at work. I kept asking people if they smelled anything.....I thought it smelled like one of the computers or other electronics was getting too hot. It took me awhile to figure out that it was ME!

I called the techs at Sears and they said all new dryers smell. They said that it was the paraffin wax burning off??? They also said that the smell would go away in a week or two. Does this sound right? In a way it makes sense because a new curling iron or blow dryer also has a funky smell for the first couple of uses. I've been running the dryer as much as I can to hurry the process but I think the smell is still there. Should I keep doing this or should I just return the dryer and try a different model. Other than the smell I do like this dryer but not enough to worry about stinky clothes all the time.

     
jan1763 Posted: Sep 15 '11,  11:30 am           Reply
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Post: 283205
So glad we read this!

I'm SO GLAD WE READ THIS THREAD, even though it's a few years old. Our clothes started coming out of the dryer smelling funny... not exactly burned but not fresh either. After my husband took the kick plate off we were stunned at the amount of burned lint that was down there. And we always clean the lint screen faithfully, so it was really a surprise to us. We even found a penny... melted!

I'm sure if we had continued to use the dryer without cleaning the bottom of the dryer out there would have been a fire. Thanks to everyone for posting.

     
martyrinak Posted: Aug 21 '12,  11:21 pm           Reply
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Post: 297220
Kenmore dryer smells burnt

After reading all posts I took base off my dryer of 4 yeRs after a pugnent burning smell came from dryer and was on clothes
I pulled kick panel to find black burnt lint in the front base of dryer
Plus about 3$ worth of change
The burnt lint was same smell as clothes
I took my 100 psi compressor hose and blew it into the base of dryer
So much charged lint came spraying out I was was anazed and confused
Wished I'd you tubed it
Advice take kick panel off blow all the Chared lint out
And video it for other consumers
This is not a vent problem it's a leak internally building up lint next to the gas exhaust
I mean there was quarters dimes and nikels there
A hazard I'm my mind

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