Clothes dryers have heating elements that can get to around 135 degrees Fahrenheit to vaporize the water in your clothes. They are handy for doing laundry throughout the seasons. However, while most brands can last long without developing issues, breaking down is inevitable.

One of the most common issues dryer owners encounter is a burning smell as the dryer is running. While most people overlook this issue, it is a glaring fire hazard. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, about 2,900 dryer fire incidents are reported annually. If your dryer emits a burning smell when you switch it on, it is advisable to turn it off immediately.

Here are some things you need to know to prevent burning odors from your dryer.

Lint Buildup

While lint in your dryer is unavoidable, too much of it can be dangerous. Since it is highly flammable, when it comes into contact with the heating elements of the dryer, it can cause a burning smell. Regularly cleaning your lint filter can help prevent lint build-up.

Check the Thermostat

Evaluate the dryer’s thermostat if the burning smell is not caused by lint build-up. The thermostat monitors the temperature and shuts off when the dryer overheats. Sometimes thermostats fail to work, leading to overheating. You can use the multimeter to check for continuity. If it lacks continuity, it’s time for a replacement.

Check the Drive Belt

Most dryers, especially the old ones, have a rubber belt that enables the drum to function. However, wearing out due to friction or slipping out of place can cause a burning smell, especially when it comes into contact with the heating elements. You can correct the issue by replacing the faulty belt with a new one for your dryer’s model.

Check the Motor

Like any moving part, a motor has a lifespan: most parts degrade with time, which might cause a burning smell. In addition, a failing motor produces an unusually loud noise as the dryer is running, which might indicate that a replacement is needed.

Call the Experts when you need Dryer Repairs

While checking for the leading cause of a burning smell from your dryer is relatively straightforward, it takes time. Hiring a professional might be a better option. Central One Service is the only name you should trust if you’ve been searching for an expert in repairing appliances.

We are a reputable and licensed appliance repair company. With over 40 years of experience, we can identify any dryer problem and will handle this job professionally for you. Our team is well trained and can offer comprehensive and affordable dryer repair services 24/7.

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