Question about Frigidaire Affinity ATF7000E Front Load Washer
Every time the washer discharges water I get a stinky sewer smell from the discharge hose. I have had a plummer out to check my sink trap and its totally find. Turn on the reg. hot/cold water from the facuet and never any smell. Whats going on!!!
You may want to run a simple test to see where the problem lies..
First off.. remove the washing mshine drain hose from the house drain and put it into a clean barrel ( plastic trash barrel will work fine as long as it doesn't leak water and is at least 20- 30 gal size). Then run a wash cycle and capture the water in that barrell.. Once you get the drain water into the barrel, do you notice the sewer smell there? If so, then you know itis being generated by the washer.
Mildew and mold have plagued most, if not all front load washing machines and there is no 100% cure. There have been many suggestions to minimize the problem.. such as : leave the door open to air out the washer after a cycle ( if you do this, make sure you don't have small children that could get trapped in the washer). you can also wipe the gasket around the opening of the door after each wash ( including all nooks and crannies that could retain standing water that would otherwise develop mold etc), another way to minimize this problem is to use an aftermarket product like AFRESH ( sold at home depot and other stores) that you cycle about once a month to reduce mold growth etc. The fundamental flaw with front load washing machines is they need to be water tight via the front door and to accomplish that, the gasket configuration retains waste water. Left in a closed container like the washing machine, mold will develop. If you are certain that the source of that stinky sewer smell is the washing machine outflow of water than you can disregard the first part of my suggestion and not run the water into a barrell and go directly to the other known improvements... Hope this helps..
Posted on Sep 10, 2008
If the trap is fine I susupect your vent is probably restricted. If you have an inline vent ( a spring loaded rubber diaphram device at the top of the vent pipe) this part may have failed and need replacing if not have the plumber come out and rod the vent stack for the washer itself. If you are new to the area you may have a dual water system where the washer is ran off of a well and the rest of the house off a filtered source. The washer may have also been tied into a water header prior to the filtration system. In the Southern part of the US there are swampy areas that have shallow water wells that have a high sulfur content and give off the odor of rotten eggs, as I do not know your location this could be true also.
Hope this helps you.
Posted on Sep 10, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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