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A Hair Dryer That Produces Burning Smell Repaired

By on January 8, 2021
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A hair stylist brought me one of his hair dryers for repair. He explained that once the hair dryer is being used, he could smell something burning coming from inside the device.

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This is an expensive device that is used by many hair stylists  around my area and

when someone say that it has burning smell coming from inside the device usually a sign of excessive use without maintaining the device.

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I took two screws off and I was able to see inside the device and when I took the fan off, I saw this accumulated hair around the shaft of the motor and that is a clear indication of what I am about to see of “dirty, hairy full of” dryer.

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Another two screws off and I was able to see this mess under the motor of the hair dryer.

That explained a lot about the burning smell the customer was talking about.

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That is the heating element that sits directly under the motor and it was dirty.  The photo that you see right now was taken after the cleaning.

I cleaned everything and added drops of oil on the shaft of the motor from both sides and made sure it was not producing any burning smell any more.  I put everything back together, tested the hair dryer and everything seems to be working just fine.

Customer was happy to get back his device clean and ready to go. The customer said that he has a lot of hair dryers that needed fixing and he will bring more next time.

Mission Accomplished.

This article was prepared for you by Waleed Rishmawi, one of our ‘Master Authors’ and currently working in the Bethlehem area of Palestine repairing electrical and electronic equipment.

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  1. Mark

    January 8, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    Hey Waleed,
    You are right. All things require maintenance. People think that it is wasting money and time by servicing items, but in the long run, it is the maintenance that keeps the appliance up and running.
    Thanks for the article.

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      January 9, 2021 at 4:08 pm

      Mark: by serving and maintaining the device you are actually saving money. My brother brings his welding machine every two or three months for maintenance and that way keeping his welding machine maintained and fault free. have a good day

  2. Albert van Bemmelen

    January 8, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    I guess this is an example of one of the worst cleaning jobs on any defect device we have to do to fix the problem. Like cleaning a vacuum cleaner they never cleaned before and ask us to repair it afterwards. In these COVID-19 days probably dangerous tasks! Thanks for sharing.

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      January 9, 2021 at 4:10 pm

      Albert: you are right and in the COVID-19 I keeping it as safe as possible..have a good day

  3. Yogesh Panchal

    January 9, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    Can I say it a Good Job!!!!!!!!....... any way we are there for the maintenance. well done waleed.

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      January 12, 2021 at 6:18 pm

      Yogesh: thanks man. yes we are although this is a mad misuse of the hair dryer.
      have a good day

  4. Parasuraman S

    January 9, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    Yet another excellent article providing some rare 'hair' to look for! You keep galloping easily solving all sorts of problems! Good going indeed!

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      January 12, 2021 at 6:19 pm

      Parasuraman: thanks man. I do what I can to help out is crazy out there when you see such things being done to the hair dryer. have a good day


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