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DanO

12:53PM | 12/20/07
Member Since: 11/11/02
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** the odor hasn't been that strong in the upstairs. I don't know if the vapors are lighter than air **

Do you have forced air heating? It would circulate the fumes everywhere in a home.

** I did check the vents last night, removed flex tubing etc. and cleared it all, albeit there wasn't much material in the 'pipe'. **

Great but how about inside the dryer? That is where most lint burning would take place.

** Assuming it is those pesky VOCs burning, is there anything I can do to speedup the process? **

I don't know what VOC stands for but if it's referring to the fumes, air the house out and/or wait until the paint, etc. has thoroughly dried and has off-gassed all it is going to.

** if it's paint vapor, what is the resulting danger once burned? **

That would depend on what exact substances were being burned. In any case, it should be vented outdoors through the dryer's venting system (assuming it isn't obstructed at all) so it would usually be minimal danger to residents. If the gasses were flammable and in high enough concentration, it could cause a fire at the dryer's burner.

JMO

Dan O.

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Nashtyboy

06:38AM | 01/16/10
Member Since: 01/15/10
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We had our hardwood floors refinished and now our gas dryer is unusable due to the strong exhaust smell it creates when it is drying. Thought it was just a bad coincidence that the dryer broke the same week that we spent $$ on our floors, but maybe not?

Anyway, my question is how long does it usually take for the dryer to return to normal? We have been ventilating the house every day (even though it is freezing) and even have put a fan in the laundry room to blow air out of it all day. It is still emitting a powerful exhaust smell the moment I turn it on. Does it usually take days or weeks to return to normal??

Thanks...

DanO

10:46AM | 01/17/10
Member Since: 11/11/02
2293 lifetime posts
** Thought it was just a bad coincidence that the dryer broke the same week that we spent $$ on our floors, but maybe not? **

It is likely not coincidence.

** how long does it usually take for the dryer to return to normal? **

Until all the off-gassing is complete. Until then the dryer's burner will continue to burn those gasses creating odors. You'll just have to be patient.

** We have been ventilating the house every day (even though it is freezing) **

Maybe whatever finish was used needs heat to dry fully? Check with the installer.

JMO

Dan O.

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