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Whirlpool Dryer has a burning smell

Common solutions for: Whirlpool Dryer has a burning smell

01 - Drive Belt
A drive belt that is stretched, worn or frayed can slip producing a burning smell. If the belt is damaged also check that the drum and idler pulley turn freely.
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Dryer Drive Belt
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02 - Lint Filter
Excessive lint build-up in the dryer can be a fire hazard. The element or burner can cause the lint to catch on fire. It is recommened to clean out the dryer and dryer venting at least once a year.
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Dryer Lint Filter
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03 - Blower Belt
Some dryer models use a belt to run the blower. If the blower gets stuck or the blower belt is worn, loose and slipping, it can produce a burning smell. Confirm the blower turns freely and replace the belt if needed.
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Dryer Blower Belt
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04 - Blower Belt
Some dryer models use a belt to run the blower. If the blower gets stuck or the blower belt is worn, loose and slipping, it can produce a burning smell. Confirm the blower turns freely and replace the belt if needed.
05 - Idler Pulley
The idler pulley keeps tension on the belt to prevent it from slipping. If the idler wheel is damaged or stops turning, the belt can slip on the drive pulley, producing a burning smell. If your idler pulley is damaged or doesn't turn, you should replace it. Replacing the drive belt is also recommended.
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Dryer Idler Pulley
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06 - Drive Motor
The drive motor spins the drum to rotate the clothes. If one of the drum supports or idler pulley is binding up, the motor may stop or strain to keep turning. Sometimes the motor itself can have bad bearings making the motor shaft hard to turn. When this happens, the windings can overheat causing an electrical burning smell. If the motor hums but won't start, or the windings smell burnt, the motor will likely need to be replaced.
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Dryer Drive Motor
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