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Clothes smell like mildew

GLTF 2940- had the machine for 3 years, the clothes consistently smell like mildew, I leave the front load door open, do not put dirty clothes in the washer waiting for washing, cycle with bleach at least once a week. Water is left in the rubber ring around the door.

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  • Anonymous Oct 07, 2008

    Our machine smells like mildew as well.  No matter if we leave the door open after using it the thing still stinks. Not to mention all our clothes stink too. Not what i expected from a year old machine! Im not happy with this product at all.

  • Anonymous Oct 07, 2008

    I have the same problem. I've tried using different detergents and fabric softeners, but my clothes (especially towels) still stink. I'm very dissatisfied with my washer that I've only had for about a year. If it hadn't cost so much I would junk it and get another top loading washer.

  • wannej Oct 09, 2008

    I have the same problem, especially with towels. I have tried everything and nothing works!!

  • debiharnik Oct 24, 2008

    I've had two repair companies look at the washer and they say it's a design defect: the water collects in the rubber ring rather than draining after it shuts off. You'll probably see as we did that if you lift up the ring and pull out the drawer, mildew collects in all sorts of hidden places.

  • hjc3698 May 08, 2009

    my washer is 1 yr old, has started smelling of mildew, my clothes and my laundry room. I've left the door open to "dry out" after every wash. The smell goes away, but then comes back after one wash. I even took a wet washclothe to wipe around the rim and it comes out very black and smelly. what is this doing to my clothes and my family. yuk

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HI thanks for your question. My solution is 1 cup of vinegar, per wash load. In time, will solve your problem.thanks the appliance doc. please rate my answer. thanks.

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I have a front load model from frigidaire GLTF1040ASO. We were having the same problem and discovered small items like socks were getting hung up in the rubber gasket by the bottom of the door. Grab this and lift up. See if any small items are lodged in there.
Chris

Posted on Oct 21, 2008

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