Why are my clothes coming out of the clothes dryer smelling smoky, marked, cut, torn, or wrinkled?

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If your clothes smell smoky after the clothes dryer, you might have had a small lint fire inside your clothes dryer cabinet. The smell from these fires can leave a smoky odor in the clothes drum and also on your clothes. This is a very serious problem and you will need to clean out lint trap after every use, remove any lint build up from your dryer vents, clean the inner ductwork of your dryer, and remove any lint build-up from the inside of your dryer cabinet.

Even though you have a lint filter in your dryer, it doesn’t catch all the lint. You need to check

Does it seem that the clothes dryer is RUINING your clothes? See what you can do to prevent it!
Does it seem that the clothes dryer is RUINING your clothes? See what you can do to prevent it!

inside the cabinet at least yearly to look for and clean out any lint build-up. You also need to clean out the lint trap after every use. Be careful because many house fires are caused by lint build up in dryers and their vents. Keep your family safe by checking for lint buildup in the cabinet at least yearly. Install a smoke alarm near your dryer for added protection. Have a professional appliance repair person check the dryer for damage caused by any lint fires.

If your laundry is being marked up after being in the clothes dryer, it could be that your laundry is getting pinched in certain areas of the clothes dryer. When support parts for the dryer drum get worn out, the drum can get thrown off-balance. Check the clothing dryer’s glides, rollers, wheels, and seals for wear. Replace the whole set of glides, rollers, or wheels if one or more are bad. You will also want to check the rear support for any play in it. Sometimes the rear drum bearing gets worn out.

If your clothing is coming out of the dryer with cuts and tears, your clothes might be getting caught in the gap between the clothes drum and the front or rear of the dryer interior. Check to see if your dryer has a felt-like seal at the front and/or rear of the dryer drum. If the seal is worn, torn, or missing, you need to replace it.

If your clothing is coming out of your dryer wrinkled, you might have left them in the dryer for too long, after the cycle was finished. Try to remove the clothing as soon as the dryer cycle has completed. Other reasons for clothing wrinkling during drying include: improper sorting of the laundry, no fabric softener, too many or too few items to tumble properly, improper wash and dry cycles, wrong water level, and using water that’s too hot for the material.

To prevent and get rid of wrinkles on your clothing you can: remove clothes promptly from the dryer and either hang or fold them, dry only one load at a time, don’t pack the dryer too full, do not dry heavy items with light items, use the permanent press cycle to give clothes a cool down cycle at the end to reduce wrinkling, and lastly, you can always rewash and dry the clothes properly.

Finally, a word about clothes dryer sheets: you can use dryer sheets if you like, however, they have been known to leave an invisible filmy residue on the dryer drum, on your clothes, and the electronic moisture sensors, which basically makes the sensor useless.

Fragrance free dryer sheets are the most suitable for use as they contain less chemicals. Clothes dryer sheets can also clog lint filters or vents, so be careful. You can wash the lint trap in soap and water and scrub it with a nylon brush periodically to wash the filmy residue build-up from it.

For more information on how clothes dryers work, clothes dryer repair help and clothes dryer maintenance tips, visit the Repair Center at APWagner.com.

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2 thoughts on “Why are my clothes coming out of the clothes dryer smelling smoky, marked, cut, torn, or wrinkled?

    • If your clothes smell smoky after the clothes dryer, you might have had a small lint fire inside your clothes dryer cabinet. The smell from these fires can leave a smoky odor in the clothes drum and also on your clothes. This is a very serious problem and you will need to clean out lint trap after every use, remove any lint build up from your dryer vents, clean the inner ductwork of your dryer, and remove any lint build-up from the inside of your dryer cabinet.

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