Question about Frigidaire ATF6000ES Front Load Washer

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LTF6000E - Grey residue remains in gasket after wash.

After some washes there is a grey residue in the gasket. It looks and feels like a wet mushy sandy stuff. It appears it is a result of the gasket rubbing against something and these little bits resulting from that. I have observed the wash through the door and I cannot figure out what is rubbing or causing this. I could just replace the gasket I suppose but I do not know if that actually solves the problem or this is just a sympton of the the real problem.

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  • Glen Schmidt Sep 22, 2008

    It is not dirt from the clothes. We have not seen it in the last year and now have seen it in three washes over the last several days but not every wash. The stuff is the same color as the gasket, that dull grey color and actually feels like that same rubbery material. Just completed to small washes and no problem. Might it be an overload problem? But why now, in the past I have seen the EFO msg flash and never saw this problem.

  • Glen Schmidt Sep 22, 2008

    If it is just a matter of the gasket wearing, why doesn't it happen every time? Is there something specific that triggers the residue to form and collect in the gasket?

  • Glen Schmidt Sep 25, 2008

    Your analysis helped me figure out what was going on. I believe you are right in that the bleach and detergent did impact the integrity of the front gasket, but it made it softer and less durable. What I see happening is that sometimes a rag will get stuck between the edges of the gasket during the final high speed spin. This rag rubbing against the gasket caused it to create this fine mushy material. I had to stop the washer just after the high-speed spin because otherwise it goes through a low-speed rocking that then disloged the rag from the seal which is why I did not notice what was happening before.

    Bottomline: New gasket has been ordered.

    Thanks for all your help.

    Glen

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The musty odor will dissipate if you leave the door open when the machine is not in use. You can eliminate both the musty odor and the residue by washing with hot water every four or five loads. In hot water, the detergent "optimally performs," removing all the dirt from both your clothing and the machine

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Dear tcaservice,
its just a simple problem and my suggestion is don't replace gaskets. during each and every wash some dirts gets accumulated in the gaskets.

tats why service people asked you to clean the gaskets at the end of each wash.

so by not doin tat, after some washes those dirts accumulated in the gaskets feels like a muddy stuff... and you can notice this ly if the gasket is wet and not in dry condition.

so just clean the gaskets with plain water, wipe out dust and use it again. you will not see those stuffs.

thank u sir/madam..

Posted on Sep 22, 2008

  • Arun Kumar Sep 22, 2008

    if still problem exists then replace your gaskets.

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Over the life of a front loading washer the seal/gasket degrades largely due to the chemicals in the detergant as well as bleach. you were right in accessing the re-install of a new gasket. most gaskets/seals get hard and brittle therefore the little residue balls that your are finding in your laundry......please rate this ....thanks

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Residue or lint after washing Improper sorting:
Sort loads properly. Do not dry "lint-givers" (towels, fleece, knits) with "lint takers" (synthetics, textured or nubby cottons and linens).
Paper or tissue in pockets:
Remove all items from pockets before washing.
Overloading:
Overloading is perhaps the most common mistake users make and is at the root of many laundry problems. In this case, overloading will trap lint on your clothes.
Detergent isn't dissolving:
Use warmer water if safe for fabric.
Some detergents do not dissolve completely. If it is a continuing problem, try a different detergent.
Here are the basic steps to check. Though I have seen this issue with other people. It is possible it is the seal. I know on some washers they redesigned the seal to help a problem like that. Though I couldn't find info about the problem on your specific model.
Thanks,
Lee
Also if it is still under warranty I would have it serviced at no cost to you.

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    Lee A. Sep 22, 2008

    Gasket part
    there is the link to the specific part, that should be what you are referring to. If you still need assistance let me know.
    Thanks,
    Lee


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That is the result of gasket worn out you better replaced it,so it will works normal again..
Click below for spare part's;

http://www.repairclinic.com/SmartSearch/SmartSearch.aspx

Hope it may helps you;

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VOTIT



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This could be some dirt form the clothes. tty washing the clothes again and check for the second time.

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That looks like the Washing powder residue. I am having a similar problem. But I am finding that the heating element isn't working anymore and hence can't rinse with hot water thus appears the soapy residue which dries into a 'sandy' substance as you say. Sorry no solution for you yet, can you check if when it finishes and you open it - its still hot inside?

Apr 02, 2010 | Dishwashers

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Clothes come out with stains on them


I had a similar problem with my Kenmore front loader. Turned out that the rubber lining around the door was trapping dirty, soapy water causing a nasty residue to collect. That residue got onto the clothes. I cleaned the rubber liner and now keep the washer door open between uses. I still occasionally wipe down the rubber liner with a wet rag. Problem seems to have been solved.

Jun 13, 2009 | Samsung WF328AA Front Load Washer

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