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Egg Smell When using my Kenmore washing machine, I get a terrible smell of rotten eggs. It is a smell from outside the washing machine, NOT inside. The washing machine is approximately 10 years old. When I turn off the washing machine, the smell goes away. This smell does not happen when running the dishwaher. Any ideas?

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  • RAAM333 Dec 28, 2007

    I have a Kenmore model 20992 and we have this sewer smell but could be the egg smell as well. Our smell is from the inside not the outside of the washer. I was trying to remove the top and cannot figure out how to get the top off. I have read sites that say take a putty knife to release the spring hinges but this model does not seem to have these spring hinges. Any advice on getting the top off this model so I can see if clothing got caught in the machine?

  • Anonymous May 20, 2008

    Same

  • Anonymous Jul 03, 2008

    We are having a problem with our washing machine...smell of rotten eggs when the water is in the machine...had to disconnect the water softener, as it is not working correctly. Ever since, there has been this terrible odor inside the machine only when the water is in it...it is an Inglis, made by Whirlpool...about 4 yrs old...any advice?



    Thank you!

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    Tracy

  • Samanatt09 Nov 10, 2008

    Sadly I don't remember what brand my washer is but mine also smells of rotten egg when I run it. I do not use it every day but I'd say 5 days out of the week I do use it. The smell seems to come from the pipes or water because while it's filling with water I can smell it worse than when it's simply washing. Thankfully the smell has not stayed in the clothes. Also when I run the dish washer or take a shower the smell does not happen. I usually wash clothes in cold water and have tried running it empty with vinegar but nothing has worked.

  • 365maid Nov 25, 2008

    Our washer is 6 years old (Kenmore 80 Series) and just recently we get that "sewer" smell. It's disgusting. Someone mentioned a filter? Do all washing machines have them? If so, where are they? I guess I can clean it, but sure don't look forward to that even though I have cleaned out several clogged drains lately. Deserve Mother of the Year for that job!!

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We fell prey to the same desire to have the state of the art, economical and supposedly gentler on your clothing front loading washing machine. Bosch WFK 2401 and I have found a solution but it is not pretty for those of you who have a washer not hidden in a laundry room.

I keep the kick plate off at the base of the front of the washer. Using a low profile pan, an 8 x 8 cake pan is about right and immediately after every wash plase the small drain hose over the pan and open it. The pan fills about half way with water that is left in the bottom of the drain system. Doing this prevents the next load from being exposed to the rotten egg water.

It must be done at the end of every load. I too keep the front door open when not in use and pull the detergent/softener draw open as well.

Good luck. Can hardly wait to justify that I have lived with this long enough to purchase a new top loader!

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It is your water!!! there is sulpher in water whether its well or city its a natural mineral like iron and you will need to put a water filter to get rid of the smell

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I had the same problem with the rotten egg smell, but only during the first draining of water before the rinse cycle, and only after the machine has not been used a few days. We are on well water, and our water is known to have a relatively high bacterial count. What happens is that water sits at the bottom of the discharge pipe, as well as a build up of "gunk", which is a great breeding ground for bacteria and such. So during the first rinse out, the smelly water and gunk is discharged into the drain, and the smell comes up from the laundry tub drain. Pour a few cups of bleach into the discharge hose and let it sit for an hour. This will kill all the nasties. Then just run the machine once through to pump out the bleach.

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There is a new product out that actually filters the water going into your dishwasher. I use to have ugly,white and cloudy looking glasses until i installed this product. after the first load my glasses looked fantastic!!!! its affordable and you can get it at dishwasherfilter.com.

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  • Mike Apr 10, 2008

    sorry i thought you meant the dishwasher.

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Also check out your drive belt. Make sure it is in good shape and tight. It might be burning from friction. The cause of the friction could be the motor or the transmission. You might be looking at replacing the machine. Sorry.

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This problem could also be your water. Do you have wellwater? And if so its a good possibility that its your water. The point that Im trying to make is that before you start to take your machine apart get someone that has some knowledge about your machine that can make an educated guess rather then someone who thinks that they know your problem without even looking at it ( smelling it ). good luck with your machine.

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I think that Techman is right, it seems the the bad smell comes from the motor. It could be because of a problem with the motor itself or because of a friction that cause the motor to warm up. Reason for this friction could be a piece of clothing that get between the clothes tub and the outer tub that holds the water.

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That could be a smell of the main motor overheating and if the washers 10 years old is it worth replacing the motor?? Maybe yes maybe No But only you can decide if your able after you unplug the thing and take it aprt nut If you've had no experience doing this I would take the unit to a repair place for an estimate first,, You should be able to conferm the smell sas after you take it apart and see where the motor is run it for a bit to see if its over heating by the touch of the motor. Good luck

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SOURCE: Terrible smell during washing cycle!

I am not a repair professional. I am just a 78 year old
man who has been making his own repairs for about
50 years. Therefore the washer ID doesn't mean
much to me. It's been about 55 years since I had
experience with front load washers. However I can
suggest you go to www.applianceaid.com where
they have very good trouble shooting and repair
information on front loaders. I think you'll find what
you need there. Good luck with it.

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