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Mildew smell and sound of water

I recently bought a neptune washer and dryer, my husband said it had good reviews but after having some problems with ours I did some research myself and found out otherwise. I have read everyone's problems with their washers but none of them seem to describe them same problem I am having. When you open the washer it smells like mildew, and you can hear water behind the drum. My washer washes my clothes fine and it drains and spins and fuctions properly. I however don't particularly like to open the door and smell mildew it is gross.

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Re: mildew smell and sound of water

Momma, Maytag put out a service bullitin on this problem. TB26-72. This is a common problem on your model. Why don't you google the service bullitin and it will give you the instructions they have for this problem. If you can't find it, post back and I will post them for back.

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