Question about LG WM1814CW Front Load Washer

2 Answers

Musty stale smell

We've had our LG Tromm WM1814CW for 18 months. For the past year the inside of the wash drum has had a nasty smell to it. I've cleaned out the door seal several times with a sponge and Clorox cleaner. It's never been all that dirty though around there and it doesn't knock the smell out either. The clothes seem to be getting clean at least, they just smell funky.

Posted by on

  • 2 more comments 
  • tmgerm1 Oct 10, 2008

    docjohn 174:

    I will try using vinegar. Let me know though how to dispense the vinegar. I imagine I would just add it in with the detergent in the detergent compartment, but want to be sure. Also I've seen some suggestions regarding Affresh. Is it a proven product. Is it similar to using vinegar?


  • risestarr Oct 22, 2008

    I have the same problem with my washer. All the clothes (especially the towels) smell musty every time.

  • marlah Nov 13, 2008

    I have the same problem with my LG washer!!!

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    under the door gasket sludge seems to build up and smells nasty. I try to clean w wipes but its tough to get to. pulling gasket back is a pain in my ***. I've ran multible cleaning cycles and that doesn't seem to help. tx



2 Answers

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Vice President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 100 times.

  • Master
  • 943 Answers

HI thanks for your question. ALL front load washers have the same problem.MY solution every wash use 1 cup of vinegar in time will solve the problem. thanks the appliance doc. please rate my answer. thanks.

Posted on Oct 09, 2008

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

I have read a few forums on this subject and they all seem to say use vinegar as the fabric softener when doing your laundry. Another way to help rid the machine of the smell is to use hot water (some times) instead of cold or warm all the time. One more tip is to use Oxy-Clean (or equivelant) in the wash, which can be mixed with powder detergent or just put into the drum (liquid detergent) before your laundry goes in. The OxyClean is like the Affresh, and for what it's worth people that use Oxy Clean aren't having the same peoblems. These are tips that I have read, in a few forums, on this matter and I hope this helps.

Posted on Oct 24, 2008


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya Repairman can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repair professionals here in the US.
click here to Talk to a Repairman (only for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

How do I fix an error code LE on an LG washing machine

We have experienced the LE light for the past several months on our LG Tromm 2277. We replaced the Hall Sensor and it worked for about 4-5 washings. We unplugged and turned the drum 4-5 times in each direction. Replugged and it would work for 4-5 times. When that stopped working, we ordered the Stator Assembly. Same thing. It would wash 4-5 times and the LE light would return. Finally, the washer tripped the breaker and there was no power anywhere. My husband traced power up to the Main Control Board. He noticed the red light on the board was no longer on. The Main Board costs about $150. It arrived (ordered from Sears Parts Dept) and he replaced it in about 10 min. Take a picture of it before you remove so that you will have a guide to re hook. Three days and six washings later, it is still working. If I can get another 3-5 years out of this washer, I'll be happy. I have mastered the musty smell. I use a cleaning tablet "Affresh" designed for cleaning the drum periodically and keep the gasket as dry as possible after final wash using a towel and leave the door open. I love the low water consumption and low detergent use. If you use more than 2 Tablespoons of detergent, you are using too much. I also use a 1/2 teaspoon. of oxy clean when washing whites and towels. Here are two sites for installation reference:

How to Fix an LG Front load washer machine that wont spin Post Comment On Buck Up Chinny

Good Luck! Kathy in Georgia

Sep 09, 2014 | LG WM-2277HW Front Load Washer

1 Answer

My LG front loading washer smells like wet clothes that have been in the washer for months? Musty smell?washer overnight? Strong smell of musty old clothes

This is caused by the biomass built up inside the tub of the machine. This can also be caused by a moldy door boot. You need to scrub your door boot between the tub and the door. Water settles in the bottom of it and molds. Once you clean this, order affresh washer cleaner for your machine. This kills all the biomass built up in the tub and removes the smell. You will put all three tablets in the drum and run on the longest hottest wash available. When this is completed your machine should smell much better. To keep this from getting so bad again... Keep the washer door cracked open between cycles. This keeps the inside from smelling. Hope this helps

Apr 04, 2012 | LG WM-2277HW Front Load Washer

1 Answer

Bad odor. smells musty

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} A lot of machines can suffer from this problem. It is usually down to a bacteria build up between the drum and the tub. The majority of appliances that suffer form this have been used mainly on 40 degree washes and with a biological detergent.
The best way to get rid of this smell is to place two tablespoons of washing soda or soda crystals in the detergent drawer and then run the appliance empty on the 90 degree wash. You may have to repeat this treatment several times before the smell goes but it will go eventually. Hope you've cleaned out your filter.
You can give me a ‘very helpful’ rating for the free help, can't you. Thanks.

Nov 29, 2009 | LG WM2688HWM TROMM SteamWasher

1 Answer

LG TROMM WM1814CW won't stop filling. Says

Over flow error

Water is overflowing , (water level frequency is over 213). When FE is displayed, the drain will pump out automatically.

Replace the Overfill pressure switch(AKA-Switch assembly sensor swi)

Jul 12, 2009 | LG Washing Machines

3 Answers

LG washing machine has AWFUL mildew smell

I have an LG washer that had the same problem. Go to the site and read all about why this is happening, how to fix it and how to keep it from comming back. A few different ways of cleaning the machine are explained.

The site sells a product that you may or may not need but the explanations are really good.

Nov 12, 2008 | Washing Machines

2 Answers

Musty smell, but can't tell from where

I have the same problem with a 3 month old ge front loading washer.after 1 month it started off smelling musty..I thought it was my imagination, now at 3 months old our clothes smell so bad I think we might just have to buy new clothes! everytime I wash a load the clothes smell worse and now you can even smell it just walking into our closet 2 floors up. A new washing washing machine should NOT be doing this! so far leaving the door open in between washes has helped a little but I plan on tipping it back and finding the hidden filter today. Isn't it lovely that they don't mention a filter that needs monthly cleaning or it's location in the manuals?!

Apr 25, 2008 | GE WBVH6240F Front Load Washer

2 Answers

2 problems smell and alwys out of balence

I leave the front load door open now between washes and that musty odor has gone away. As for the shaking, since I live in a mobil home I reinforced the floor and use the next to highest spin setting. My ultimate solution for all my LG W/D problems is going to be to sell the home and let the LG W/D set go with it.

Jan 23, 2008 | LG WM1814CW Front Load Washer

8 Answers

Washer smells bad

There is a door on the bottom og this machine, I opened the door to find a little spot, I placed a bowel under the spout and opened it, drained all of the liquid out and this problem stopped! I also ran the machine on hot water with bleach after I emptied this resevoir. How often you do laundry will determine how often you must empty it. For me, once every 6-8 months does the trick!

Dec 08, 2007 | LG WM-2277HW Front Load Washer

2 Answers

Washing Machine Odours

There is a product called "Nilodour" a very concentrated liquid.. that elliminates smells etc, ya put a few drops into an empty wash (ie only water) cycle and flush.

Jul 30, 2007 | LG WM-1832C Front Load Washer

7 Answers

Nasty water accumulation from washing machine

Posted by Jay on Jan 11 2009

I have the same washer now for several years now. I keep getting the smell now and then. After reading all these disappointed people I went down to the machine and cleaned out the "Pump filter". It had been smelling today, I was tired of this problem also. So i opened the little door at the bottom front left corner. There you find a little black hose, pull it out a little and pull the plug. There you drain the water that's laying inside smelling up the house. Now you un-screw the big black cap. Once you remove the cap, you find a plastic filter-catcher. I found paper, a dime, and several other things that came out of my pockets. You can take the basket to the sink and wash it out. Put it back together and try checking it in one month. Also I used some needle nose pliers to clean the nasty stuff around the gasket. At the bottom of gasket try pulling it back to get to the hair and ****. We have a dog, so the hair is bad.

Sep 22, 2006 | LG TROMM WM2688H 4.0 cu.ft. Front Loading...

Not finding what you are looking for?
LG WM1814CW Front Load Washer Logo

329 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top LG Washing Machines Experts

Dan Webster
Dan Webster

Level 3 Expert

8220 Answers

Donald DCruz
Donald DCruz

Level 3 Expert

17130 Answers

Gerry Harvey
Gerry Harvey

Level 3 Expert

1474 Answers

Are you a LG Washing Machine Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides