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 Posted: Wed Dec 20th, 2006 11:46 pm
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A few days ago my parents electric dryer stopped heating. They have noticed in the past month or so that it has been taking longer and longer to dry a load of clothes. The dryer is less than two years old, so I did some research on the net to troubleshoot the problem and see if I could repair it and save them some $$. I searched through the messages on this forum and concluded that the likely culprit was a dead heating element. Yesterday I removed the back of the dryer and saw a black dust underneath the heating element. [as seen in photo below]



I took the necessary steps and removed the old heating element. Looking it over I found that one of the coils was broken and that the H.E. was the likely source for the black dust.




I then vacuumed up the black dust and any lingering lint and dust that was around. Took a photo of how the wires were connected.



Went to an appliance parts store this morning with the old heating element and before I could ask the woman if they had any heating elements in stock, (seeing the one in my hand) she had a new one on the counter. [New H.E. is made by FSP model# 279838]



I suppose these things get replaced pretty frequently and from what I've read here on the forum, its a fairly simple job to do.  When I got home I installed the new H.E. put the cover back on the dryer and plugged it in. I then put the dryer on the medium setting and opened the door and held the switch in and turned the dryer on. Not long after I noticed the glow of the new H.E. and could feel its warmth.

Now here is where my question comes in. I noticed a small burning type odor, similar to the smell that a toaster makes when you push the lever down. I have never before really noticed what the dryer smells like when it is on, so I have nothing to compare it to. I was hesitant to dry a newly washed load of clothes and just turned the dryer off and closed the door. A few hours later I went to check the dryer and when I opened the door and looked in, I noticed a slight burnt odor, not a very strong one, but neverless there was one. Now is this smell just because the heating element is new and will go away or do I need to be concerned. Beacause this is the first time I'm fixing a dryer I don't want to burn my parents house down.

Thank you for reading this long message and for any input you can give. I'm gonna hold off using the dryer until I (hopefully) get some feedback.

Thanks.

Jonathan Hoover

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yes,new elements will emit an odor for the first few minutes of operation,this is normal and will subside



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Trust in the Kdog, slight odor is normal. This may be extended depending on how much lint buildup there was. If it was excessive you will want to inspect the venting system. Remember plastic and foil vent hoses are always a no-no!

By the way, nice pics! Very thorough!

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Thank you.

Do I need to do a "dry run" (no pun intended) for those few minutes to let the smell subside or can I just put the clothes in the dryer? Thanks again.

Jonathan

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you can fire away!!  be sure and do a nice job cleaning the unit up with a vacuum since you have it apart anyhow- its as good an excuse as any to clean up the vent etc. and as was previously mentioned,don't use flexvent as it restricts airflow once it's hot- git yerself some good 'ol ridgid metal and a nice 90 degree elbow and all will be good in paradise



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