Burning Smell In The Dryer

dryer-on-firePaul’s Washer and Dryer Repair strongly suggests that when there is a burning smell coming from your dryer to immediately stop using it and to contact a professional. Burning smells in your clothes dryer can signify a simple, easily-fixed problem, or something much more serious.

Important Dryer Fact: problems with dryers often start house fires. 
For this reason, it is important to promptly identify and solve any problem that causes a burning smell in your dryer.

Most Common Reasons for a Burning Smell in the Dryer:


Lint can get trapped in the exhaust tube, drum, lint trap and even in the drum casing. If it gets too hot, it can scorch or even catch on fire, causing a burning smell. Empty the lint trap often, and make sure lint is not getting trapped or built up in the exhaust vent.


Dryers have motors, and as they age, they can burn out just like any other motor. This causes a very strong burning smell, and your dryer will either not run at all, or it will run poorly and with a lot of noise.


In some dryers, a belt turns the drum. This belt can slip off, which can cause it to start melting. Because it is usually made of rubber, it will then produce a very strong, unpleasant burning odor. If your drum is not turning smoothly or properly, and you notice a bad burning smell, your belt is probably damaged.


Sometimes, a small piece of clothing can get trapped between the outside of the drum and the wall of the dryer, where it can become scorched. This is infrequent and usually does not cause a strong smell, however.

Paul’s Washer and Dryer Repair recommends that you have your dryer inspected and cleaned every 18 months. And trust us, a good cleaning can add years of life to your home or business clothes dryer.

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Washer and Dryer Repair in Las Vegas and Clark County

When a washer or dryer doesn't work properly, it can feel like the end of the world with all of our dirty clothes piling up. Paul’s Washer and Dryer Repair makes on-site repairs in the Las Vegas and Clark County area, so there is no need to move the appliance.

Simply schedule an appointment with Paul’s Washer and Dryer Repair and one of our experienced and highly-qualified appliance repair technicians will be at your door to fix your washing machine or dryer in the comfort and convenience of your own home or business.

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