How to fix smell issues in dryers

How to fix smell issues in dryers


Total results related to dryer, smell issue (2)

  • Tumble dryer emits unpleasant smells
    • Tumble dryer emits unpleasant smells
    • Laundry smells unpleasant after drying

    Applies to:
    • Heat pump tumble dryer
    • Condenser tumble dryer

    Applies to model numbers:



    1. Clean regularly the fluff filter behind the door and heat exchanger located at the bottom of the appliance.

        More information on how to clean and maintain the appliance can be found in the user manual.


    2.  Keep the door slightly open after each cycle

    3. If the laundry smells unpleasant after drying, this odour may have arisen before drying:
    • When washing, pay attention to the correct dosage of the detergent
    • Wash the laundry with the highest temperature permitted by the care label
    • If necessary, use stain remover or disinfecting rinsing liquid
    • Dry the laundry immediately after the washing cycle has finished

    4.  In brand new appliances, some of the plastic elements may generate an unpleasant smell, however, the smell is expected to decrease after several drying cycles

  • My dryer retains moisture in the tumble dryer
    • Moisture, condensation, water in tumble dryer

    Applies to:
    • Tumble dryers

    Applies to model numbers:



    Note: Some steps apply to specific types of dryers:

    • Vented dryers
    • Condenser dryers
    • Heat Pump dryers
    You can check the specification in the user manual supplied with your appliance.

    1.  Check for any error messages on the display

    • The error message can be a code on the display, a flashing LED or a sequence of beeps.
    • If an error code is displayed, see the user manual for help troubleshooting the problem.

    2. Make sure that the temperature of the room is between 5°C and 35°C

    • If the ambient temperature is too low or too high, the tumble dryer may not operate correctly.
    • Place the dryer in a room which has a suitable temperature.
    • If the room temperature is not within the range, the tumble dryer may not operate correctly and will not heat up.
    • Heat the room in which the tumble dryer is situated until it reaches a suitable temperature, or move the dryer to another room which is at a suitable temperature.

    3. Check if the selected cycle include steam phase

    • If you select a steam cycle on the tumble dryer, there will be a certain amount of steam inside the dryer’s drum.
    • When the cycle is finished, there is condensation water inside the tumble dryer.
    • This is perfectly normal when you use a steam cycle.

    4. Clean the fluff filter after each cycle

    • At the end of the countdown, the filter symbol will appear in the display. This means that the filter needs to be cleaned.
    • See the user manual for information on how to clean and maintain your appliance.

    5. Make sure the appliance is not overloaded

    • Overloading the product can reduce the heat circulation around the clothing.
    • Redistribute the load and restart the drying cycle.
    • If the load is too much, remove some of the clothing from the machine and restart the drying cycle.

    6. Clean the condenser (applicable to Heat Pump Dryers and Condenser Dryers)

    • If the condenser symbol is flashing on the display, it must be cleaned
    • See the user manual for information on how to clean and maintain your appliance.

    7. Check if the venting hose is fitted correctly (applicable to Vented Dryers)

    • When the hose is connected to the dryer, it should lead to the correct vent.
    • It must be no more than 2 meters long and must not bend in more than two places.

    As regards the vent itself:

    • If you have decided to install a fixed vent in the wall or a window, you will probably be able to obtain the fittings and any advice you need from your local hardware store.
    • If the hose is long and the room temperature low, moisture can condense out into the water in the hose. This is natural and cannot be avoided.
    • To prevent water from remaining in the hose or flowing back into the tumble dryer, drill a small hole (about 3 mm diameter) at the lowest point of the hose and place a small container beneath it.

    Warning: It is important that the venting hose is not connected to an extractor hood, chimney or outlet hose on a boiler or other similar


    8. Makes sure the vent is open and clean? (applicable to Vented Dryers)

    On a vented tumble dryer, it is important that the vent, i.e. the hose/tube from the tumble dryer to the outside, and the air damper/non-return valve in the wall, are clean so that the air from the tumble dryer can flow freely to the outside.

    If the above steps do not resolve the issues, please contact your local Electrolux Service Centre for further support.

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