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Whirlpool Duet dryer smells

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I have a Whirlpool Duet Steam dryer purchased new in January 2013.  (Can't find the model # in the dark.)

 

We have had an intermittent but annoying problem with clothes smelling like mildew.  We were blaming being left in the washer etc. but I just opened up the dryer to check on a half dry load and the smell is quite strong-- I think it's coming from the dryer!  The vent is just about 8' to the outdoors and I replaced it and keep it clean, I clean the lint trap every load and when I do some of our fluffy bath towels, I check in the middle.

 

It's not happening on the steam refresh I sometimes use, it's regular clothes/towels under "normal" drying conditions.  

 

Any suggestions what I should check/what I could do?  I leave the door cracked open a lot.

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Sounds like it could be your washer smelling. Ran any cleaner through it lately???

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Could be a leak issue, depending on your model.  You could remove the cabinet top panel and inspect the valve, hose, steam unit if applicable.  Feel around the rear drum felt seal for dampness.

 

Most dryer odor issues are due to problems with the exhaust venting.  Severely blocked vents can accumulate moisture in the vent hose.  Missing or stuck open dampers in the external vent housing may allow unwanted guests access to nest, die, etc.

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I have an older washer (you guys have helped me repair it here) that's a top loader, in exposing the drum I didn't see anything/smell anything, but just for the hell of it, I'll run a cleaner through.

 

PDuff, I realize this isn't my model but would I see the steam parts taking off the top panel, or do I need to go farther?  I was watching this:  

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  The smell could possibly be a deceased rodent of some kind in the system. 

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lol.

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It's not the smell of death, though-- it's certainly mildew.  Like as clothes warm up on the body it gets worse, or if you shove your face in a towel while drying.  I *thought* maybe it was leaving clothes in the washer overnight and transferring them to the dryer, but as I suspected it, I both rushed to get things to the dryer and smelled the clothes coming out of the washer and didn't smell it.

 

I have had rodents of unusual size die under my house and in a wall.  My car once broke down in the mountains by a select piece of former deer.  I know this smell. If it was that smell, we would have burned the clothes or maybe the whole house down by now. ;)

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