Why does my dryer smell like it’s burning?

If you experience a burning smell coming from your clothes dryer when it’s in operation, this could be a sign that your blower assembly needs to be cleared of lint. This is a bit more involving than simply cleaning out your lint filter, and will require you to remove the front and top panels of your dryer.

  1. Unplug all connections from your dryer.
  2. Remove your lint filter.
  3. Remove the top lid of your dryer by unscrewing the bolts connecting it to the face of the dryer.
  4. With the front door of your dryer firmly shut, remove the front face by unscrewing the bolts that connect it to the frame of the dryer.
  5. Unplug the electrical wires attached to the face of the dryer.
  6. Once the face is removed, the dryer’s blower hole and blower wheel are exposed.
  7. Vacuum lint from both sections.
  8. Reassemble dryer.

If your dryer still gives off a burning smell when in operation, find a professional near you to have a full inspection performed.

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