Why Does My Blow Dryer Smell Like It’s Burning?

When you’re going through your daily morning routine, do you ever notice something’s off with your blow dryer? A common problem many people experience with their dryer is a burning smell while using it. Since that’s never a scent you want to smell coming from any electrical device, you should get to the root of that issue right away.

Why Does My Blow Dryer Smell Like It’s Burning?

Dirty Lint Trap

On the back of every blow dryer is a lint trap over the air intake that keeps dust and hair out of the barrel of your dryer. However, over time, if you don’t clean the trap regularly, all that dust can clog up your dryer and restrict its airflow. If that happens, your hair dryer can give off a burning smell once you turn it on.

To fix this problem, you’ll need to clean the lint trap. The easiest way to do that is to take the lint cover off and use a toothbrush to rub the lint free.

If your dryer still smells like it’s burning, you may have to open the body to remove any hair that may have made its way past the filter.

Old Hair Dryer

If your blow dryer has been in your bathroom for a number of years, it won’t be as efficient and can draw more electricity from your outlets and overheat. That can cause your hair dryer to give off a burning smell. If that’s the case, you should replace your blow dryer.

Sometimes, the problem could be with your outlet itself. If there’s too much electricity going to the outlet or there’s a loose wire or connection, you could experience a burning smell. In that case, you should have the outlet looked at.

With 24 years of experience, TFC Electric Inc. can help you keep all the members of your family safe from electrical harm. Since 1994, we have been serving Suffolk County with any and all electrical needs. Call us today at 631-589-2800 for more information.