unsafe at any speed

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    Jun 10, 2016 6:17 PM GMT
    noticed the gas cloths dryer was smoking ever so slightly. i turned it off. big struggle to open the front panel on this one to looked inside. A series of clips secured the front panel and they were not easy to remove.

    The inside was covered in lint, all the inside surfaces! the design has the blower air path separate from the hot air path. Basically the hot air path is a gas flame jet in a thin combustion chamber and air duct going directly into the rotating drum. The blower path, a separate path, forced evacuates the warm air to the outside. The design is odd as all the wiring just hung there and not secured.

    somehow over 15years of operation enough lint escaped from the blower air path into the working parts of the dryer. Start to smoke. The dryer is operating as normal, just all that accumulated lint. I was impressed how exposed the jet gas flame was and the wiring just flopping around. Of course the jet assembly was covered in lint too. The blower air path piping is clean and directly vents to the out side. Again the issue is all the lint on the inside working mechanism. Do regular maintenance all you want but unless you open up the dryer (not easy to do) your not going to clean the accumulated lint.
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    Jun 13, 2016 4:18 AM GMT
    you should be opening the dryer anyway. And have smoke detectors, and an extinguisher on the route to the dryer. Saved mine.
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    Jun 16, 2016 11:32 AM GMT
    Actually, Clothes Dryer fires are quite an issue and not as strange or rare as you would hope.
    The following article, from 2015, highlights the severity of the problem and the ways to help yourself.

    http://www.laundry-alternative.com/how-to-prevent-clothes-dryer-fires/

    "Very few people realize the danger of clothes dryer fires. However, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are an estimated annual 15,500 fires, 10 deaths and 10 injuries due to clothes dryer fires. Several hundred people a year are also subjected to carbon monoxide poisoning from improper dryer vent setups. The financial costs come to nearly $100,000,000 per year. In some cases faulty appliances are to blame, but many fires can be prevented with proper dryer venting."
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    Jun 16, 2016 1:36 PM GMT
    Sporty_G said... but many fires can be prevented with proper dryer venting."


    the point i wish to make is that cloths dryers tend to work so well that they get ignored and many are 10-20 years old.

    In my case the vent pipe was functional. The issue was; there was a layer of lint covering the un-vented inside surface of the dryer.
    and
    the design of the dryer would promote any type of failure. Loose wiring, open combustion chamber etc.
    and
    disassembly of the dryer was difficult preventing periodic inspection.
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    Jun 17, 2016 2:53 AM GMT
    We have a pretty old one and open up every year or so. I'm zealous about cleaning the insides then. A family was killed in a house fire started by too much lint in the dryer near where I used to live and lesson learned for me.
  • FRE0

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    Jun 19, 2016 8:00 PM GMT
    My clothes dryer has always made me a bit uneasy. I always use the lowest temperature. I also have a vacuum cleaner attachment to enable me to clean under the lint filter. However, even though this is a new custom-built house, I think that the dryer duct is far longer than necessary.

    Perhaps I should find a company that can disassemble the dryer and clean the ducts.
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    Jun 20, 2016 12:29 AM GMT
    yes