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Washer Mine is doing the same thing. How do you order the shocks and how do you install them? Mine is in a tight closet that need the door/molding removed to take the washer out. It's a under/over washer/dryer. thanks!

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Unfortunatly, you are going to have to remove the rear of the machine to get to the rear shocks. If the front shocks are bad, your in business. Remove the lower panel and they are right there. Some bolt to the bottom, others just twist out. As far as needing to order then, get me your model # and can get you a number for them.

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Washer won't start and the door is closed tight


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Stop Washing Machine Smell, Mold, and Mildew


Your washer is not smelling so clean and you wonder first why it is like this and then how can I fix it?

With the popularity of the front load washer and the low water usage associated with then comes other problems. Because of the low water consumption the dirt grime and residue that would normally be totally washed away, some is left as a film in the washer. Cold water usage can contribute to this by adding to this film. The make up of certain commercial fabric softeners and detergents can make the problem worse by giving the bugs food. Animal fats in some products are great food for the molds and mildew.

Some washers also let a bit of water lay in them after the wash this gives moisture which also helps to grow molds and mildew. When you close the door tightly after washing, this traps all the water in the washer and prevents the rubber door gasket, the soap dispenser, and other parts of the washer from drying out.

Here are some things you can do to prevent these problems.

Always leave the door to your washer open after use.
Leave the dispenser drawer open also.
Use liquid detergents instead of powdered, they will leave less film
Use the minimum detergent possible to get your clothes clean, more is not always better.
Use fabric softener sheets in your dryer instead of the washer liquid.
Check that ALL clothing is removed from the washer.
Periodically wipe down the rubber door gasket and check for mold or stuck socks
Use hot water when practical, like when washing whites. This will help remove the film.


If you have a problem here is what you can do to help fix it.

Wipe everything down with a solution of vinegar water.
Pour vinegar into the dispenser drawers. Then add ½ cup of vinegar to your washer and run through a clean cycle with hot water.


You can periodically add the vinegar to your wash load to help keep things under control. This will naturally disinfect and clean your washer while you are doing your regular wash. This is especially good to use if you will not be using your washer for a few days again. The residue of vinegar in the washer will help to control the smell and mold formation.

If you are buying a new washer, do some research before buying. Some machines are more prone to this problem then others. A bit of research may help you to aoivd the headaches of having a washer with this problem.

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Clothes come out musty


I would put in some bleach and clothes that can handle it without damage and run a wash cycle. Leave the door open when you are done using the machine, or at least un-latched. There are commercial products, but bleach will do the same thing. You have stuff growing on the gizzards inside the drum, and bleach will likely kill them. They like dark & humid places.. guess what... that's your washer with the door kept latched.

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Mold


the best thing iv found to kill off mold is,,,"vinegar" white is best! but any will do,,mix up a good drop in a bucket and wash the mold off,,,it kills it stone dead,,, works on any thing you can wash with water too! wood,, walls,,,window's,,,doors,,,inside of boats,,,for your washer tip a bottol full of vinegar into the washer then do a warm wash with nothing in it,,(no washing powder!!!!) just plane water,,,also if when its not in use you could leave the door open thats good as well,,it needs a change of air going around it to stop this mold building up,,, your house may smell a little like a chip shop for a day or so,,but whats best,,,lung problems at a later date????and mold all over your house??? it spreds you know!!

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Extreme mold on the gasket. How do I remove the mold and odor?


The first thing to do is to CHECK IN AND AROUND THE RUBBER DOOR BOOT (called a bellow) for small articles of clothing (like socks and underwear) that may have gotten lodged in behind the rubber. Pull the rubber back where it meets the wash tub and look behind it. It is common for small items to get stuck here, become forgotten and start to mildew. You should check this area after each wash and clean it periodically to get rid of the formation of soap scum, mold, and mildew. HINT: When you get ready to wash a load of towels, take a dirty towel and clean the door boot thoroughly (including the areas behind the rubber). Immediately place the towel in the wash and run it on a sanitary cycle. This way you eliminate the need for cleaning rags.

PERIODICALLY RUN THE WASHER ON A CLEANING CYCLE. Place the washer on the hottest setting you have (usually a Sanitary cycle) with nothing but bleach in the wash tub. Some newer models actually have a "Clean Cycle" available now just for this purpose. This helps keep the wash tub, drain lines and pump sanitized.

CHECK AND CLEAN THE DRAIN PUMP FILTER. Accumulations of debris in the drain pump filter can also cause odors. HINT: If you own a shop vac, pull the drain hose from the standpipe at the wall and pull a vacuum on the line. This will drain any residual water left in the tub, pump and drain lines BEFORE you remove the drain pump cover. This will prevent a messy clean up later.

LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN IF POSSIBLE. When not in use, leave the door open to allow the tub to air out and to keep mold and mildew from forming on the door bellow. I know this may not be desirable in some households with small children. If too much mildew forms on the rubber and it cannot be removed, replacement of the bellow may be required.

NOTE: This problem is common with front loader style washing machines. The doors on these machines have an air tight/water tight seal that is great for sealing the washer during the wash cycle, but can be terrible for collecting small garments and for not allowing the tub to properly air out when not in use. Following these simple preventive measures can go a long way towards preventing harmful mold and mildew, and towards extending the life of the door bellow and pump.



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I have a WD 1049C front load washing machine and behind the front seal there appears to be a mould buildup. How can we clean this area?


you would need to take out the whole drum assm....in other words you will need to dismantle the whole unit.....first thing first get lysol aerosol spray and spray around were there is mold.....i would take the unit outside and then spray it.....becuase once the mold have been disturbed it will find another place to live on......next u will need to use front load HE detergent......when you wash your laundry....start with the cold water clothes first then the last loads use hot water so it will wash clothes and disinfect at the same times...
lastly after all luandry have been washed ........open washer door over night so it can air out.......if not opening it at all the water and detergent that sits over night can cuase mold buildup and foul odors.....the gaskets are air tight and can not evaporate when door is closed.....
if your house has a/c i would put a fan in front of the washer over night..............

a feed back would be good if this helps anybody.....
my opinion........
the older top load washers are better..............

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Clothes have a mildew smell


Hello billpmm,

You are not alone with this problem. Seems that that everyone of the front loader washers exhibit similar characteristics .. the short story is that in order for a washing machine to be a front loader, they need to be water tight .. being water tight, they are also air tight and herein lies the problem.. any water left over from a wash cycle will sit in gaskets , nooks and crannies and eventually develop mold or mildew.. here is a link to product you may find that solves your problem
http://www.smellywasher.com/

or.. you can use the AFRESH tablets sold in Home Depot and other home improvement stores.. in either case.. these products will help rid that musty mold out of your washer..

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The front door seal stays moist an will grow mold. The mold smells and must be removed from the seal. To remove the mold you will need to remove by manipulating the seal to get under it. The mold will stink up you towels and other fabrics that have much of a pile to them. I have run my laundry with an oxygen sanitizer that I use to clean beer brewing equipment. This is the only thing that gets the smell out. Sears has a service flash on this but no solution. You might try leaving the door open so the seal can dry.

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