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Each time the water drains from washing a load, the water smells putrid, like rotten eggs or sulphor it's disgusting already
even the clothes have a sour smell to them
i am totally disenchanted with this machine and don;t know how to get results, after reading all the complaints, seems no one gets any repairs from sears that actually fix the problem

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  • margrek Sep 18, 2008

    Thanks for the assistance. I always leave the door open. So, I know that didn;t contribute to the problem. I did use your bleach suggestion, and it made a difference. huge difference. So, I will continue to do that every couple days or so. Isn;t it ridiculous that we buy an energy efficient, water
    saver, yet have to run it empty with bleach and hot water, just to clean it?! Nuts huh. So much for "efficient". But, again, I thank you. If the problem arises again, we will then take off the panel.


  • Anonymous Sep 21, 2008

    I have had the same problem with mine for years. I have replaced the rubber gasket (boot), have cleaned it with bleach and also with a special solution made for front loaders, and also have "steam" cleaned it with my steamer. Bottom line, do not use fabric softener, and if you do, dilute it with hot water. Also, leave the door and the detergent door open after every use. I know someone who has the exact washer and dryer that I have, and she has never had a problem. The only difference is she does NOT use fabric softener. I think that has something to do with it. Anyway, I went out and bought a brand new LG Steam washer and dryer - could not stand the mold problem anymore! It has a different rubber gasket setup - I am hoping I never have this problem again! Good Luck! By the way, if it is still under warranty - insist they replace it! Keep calling them out for the problem and make sure it is documented. The sears girl told me that I should of insisted they replace it during the warranty period, although, she is telling me this after the fact, doesn't help me too much, but it is worth a shot!

  • Anonymous Feb 16, 2009

    I have the same problem. During the spinning/rinse cycle my house smells of sewer/rotten eggs. We thought it was the drain pipe, so we taped it up so no gases escape, but that didn't help. I will try the bleach solution and see how long that will last before it starts stinking again!

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2 things you may try if you haven't already ..let washer fill with hot water ..pause and open door pour in about 2 cups chlorine bleach before starting back up..with rag soaked in bleach/water clean inside front door boot ..be sure to roll boot toward front and clean out accumilation under it wash as much as possible off door seal..allow to finish cycle (normal wash should be fine)..may also try removing lower panel remove pump acess plug and clean pump out thoroughly..you are not alone ALL front washer have same issue and if some sort of routine cleaning isn't done problem reoccurs also leaving door slightly open between usues will help ..by the way that is a german made washer

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