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Clothes smell from gas dryer

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I have a Whirlpool LGC6646AWO gas dryer.  It dries well, but the clothes are getting a natural gas like smell (not exactly but similar.  I know that it's the dryer because clothes that are hung to dry don't have the same smell.)  I thought that the machine and vents were getting munged up with lint, so I'm replacing the vent ducts and cleaning everything I can get to inside.

I'm having trouble removing the exhaust chute for cleaning (because it's curved, it won't slide out of the frame).  Do I have to remove the drum to get this out?

Any ideas? Or what might becausing the gas-like smell?

Thanks.

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Have you been doing any work in the home? Paint, stain, masonary, flooring, carpet, and even caulking can cause fumes that get pulled into the dryer, and into your clothing.

Also, your washer could have a build-up of mold or mildew that is making the closes smell when dried.

Dryer smell service calls are almost never from anything wrong with the dryer.

 

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Exactly what do you mean by gas-like? Is it or isn't it? Does it smell like gas all the time or just when it's running? Be safe and shut off the gas to the unit and call the gas company, where I live there is no charge for them to come out and check for a leak.  

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Need a little background info, too: have you changed from propane to nat. gas recently or vice versa? Are you on city gas that's piped in or do you draw your gas from a tank on your property?

In any gas dryer with a gas smell, I always start with a thorough leak check, for CYA if nothing else. Use a thick bubble leak detector solution and dab in on all gas connections, internal and external. Let sit a few minutes and look for the honeycomb. Wipe off the pipes and joints thoroughly when finished. Sometimee, you find leaks where you least expect them, as told in this war story.

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