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2003 Maytag Neptune Washing Machine needs door gasket replaced due to mold/mildew spots.

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HI thanks for your question. i think maytag has an extended warranty, on that part. a design flaw. call Maytag. thanks the appliance doc. please rate my answer. thanks.

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Is there any kind of recall on a Maytay front loading washer, model #MAH6500AWW? I am having problems with mildew in the rubber part and terrible smelling water in the bottom.


The cleaning process for your Maytag Neptune front-loading washer, for example, requires some time and patience. Over time, your washing machine will need to be cleaned. It can develop offensive odors through multiple wash cycles. This makes the washing machine less effective at cleaning the clothes you put into it. Maytag offers some sound advice for cleaning your front-loading washing machine.
  • Pour 2/3 cup of liquid chlorine bleach into the bleach compartment of the dispenser drawer of your Maytag Neptune front-loading washer.

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    Run your Maytag Neptune front-loading washer on the "Clean Washer" setting. Press "Start" to start the cycle.

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    Leave the door open once the cycle is complete to allow the inside of your Maytag Neptune front-loading washer to ventilate and air dry.

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    Look closely at the gray seal of the Maytag Neptune front-loading washer's door opening. This seal can have a buildup of debris or detergent residue.

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    Spray the seal with an all-purpose appliance cleaner and scrub away any debris or residue with a cloth or scrubbing pad. Dry with a clean cloth.

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    Remove the soap dispenser drawer. Press the release lever and lift it out to clean.

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    Take out the inserts and rinse them and the drawer thoroughly.

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    Wash with a mild soap and cloth to remove any residue. Dry thoroughly before replacing.


  • ALWAYS LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN WHEN NOT IN USE! This prevents the mold and mildew from forming once you get it cleaned.

    Aug 20, 2011 | Washing Machines

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    Smells like mold or mildew


    Wash an empty load with bleach. This may wash out mold or mildew stuck in the water lines and pump. If it seems to help, do it again.
    This is for internal issues.
    If the problem is external, the machine may just need a good cleaning.

    Jan 25, 2010 | Maytag Neptune MAH5500B Front Load Washer

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    I have a Maytag Neptune 1st Generation and the washer door gasket always molds, how to clean and how to prevent molding


    The Maytag MAH300AWW was the first generation front load washer. Your MAH5500BWW is a much newer version and has a boot drain and door venting to minimize the mold. Just be sure your drain (bottom center of the boot) is clear. Use a solution of 1/2 cup of Granular Dishwashing Detergant and 1 cup of Chlorine Bleach added directly into the tub. Run the machine through a hot was cycle (with NO clothes inside) every few months and this will reduce or eliminate the mold.

    Dec 30, 2009 | Maytag Neptune MAH5500B Front Load Washer

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    Mildew on rubber gasket around door.


    This happens when you keep the door shut. Run an empty load with extra chlorine bleach to kill the mold spores. Keep the door open to prevent mold or mildew from growing again.

    Mar 18, 2009 | LG WM-2277HW Front Load Washer

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    Neptune frontloader washed accumulates water


    replace water valve if its filling while not being used. if u hear the water in the tub but noty seeing it thats normal they water in them always. as far as mold u can buy some affresh its a cleaner for the frontloads

    Mar 15, 2009 | Maytag Neptune MAH5500B Front Load Washer

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    Mildew buildup on rubber at door opening


    Hello mamie7,
    You are not alone with your problem on your front load washing machine..seems they all suffer from this phenomenon. because in order to keep the water from leaking out the fornt door.. it has to be water tight.. and because it is water tight, it is also air tight so any water left in the gasket for any length of time will develop mold and get mildew there.. There are a few solutions ( no pun intended) floating around but I subscribe to a few basics.. One being .. wipe the gasket after a wash cycle and leave the door open to air dry any moisture that remains. The problem with this is that some housholds have small children and the washer then becomes a danger to them... So.. you can do a periodic wash cycle using a product called AFRESH ( in tablet form and sold at home depot etc) or you can try this product at http://www.smellywasher.com/ . Good luck.. hope this helps you..

    Sep 24, 2008 | Maytag Neptune MAH5500B Front Load Washer

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    Maytag front loader washing machine. Mould


    How old is the washer? Did you try straight bleach on a towel and placed over the "mold" spot for about 5 minutes, be sure to wear gloves. Then scrub with a small brush being careful not to splatter bleach on yourself and rinse well. May need to replace the seal. I always leave the door cracked open after every use to "dry" out the inside and the boot. I also leave the drawer pulled out when not in use for that area to dry out as well. I have never had mold on the door seal of my Neptune washers, only the water holes above the dispenser drawer.

    Sep 08, 2008 | Maytag MAH6700AWW Neptune Front-Load...

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    Maytag Neptune Washer dispenser unit has mold and mildew inside top of dispenser compartment.


    You can pour the bleach in the drawer every time you do white loads and it will stay clear too!
    Just flush it out good before you do colored clothes or you may get a small bleach spot on a red shirt !
    Neil
    Ps. Give me a problem solved rating here on fixya.com

    Aug 19, 2008 | Maytag MAH6700AWW Neptune Front-Load...

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    Mold and mildew in the Maytag Neptune MAH5500


    The new boot has an anit-mildew treatment and should resist any new mold. Also, you should always use the hottest water possible for your clothes, the hot water helps kill the bacteria that causes the odor. Also bleach will kill the bacteria and you should use bleach whenever possible. If you don't like to use bleach on your clothes, or have an allergy to it, then once a month, run the washer without any clothes on the normal cycle, hot wash, and put bleach in the soap dispenser and let the washer clean itself out. The boot is fairly easy to replace except for a spring that holds the boot to the tub front. The spring has a lot of tension, so it is difficult to hold both ends of the band and one end of the spring tight enough while streching it. I usually do it with a pair of vise grips and a pair of pliers, but I've replaced dozens of boots. You may need an extra hand to help with your first one. Other than that, if you pay close attention to how it came apart, and align the all the slots on the boot to the tabs on the tub front, and door shroud, than you shouldn't have any problems.

    Jul 18, 2008 | Maytag Neptune MAH5500B Front Load Washer

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    Maytag neptune "mold"


    • I have used straight bleach mixed with a little dish detergent (palmolive works best).
    •  the detergent acts like a surfactant to hold the bleach to the surface while killing the mildew.
    •  leave it on for 20-30 minutes then rinse thoroughly with hot water.
    •  it worked for me.

    Jun 29, 2008 | Maytag Neptune MAH5500B Front Load Washer

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