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Frigidaire Front load washer mold

I use my front loader at least twice a day and 3 or 4 times on the weekend. I have noticed a black mold all around the gray rubber piece just inside the door. It is getting worse. The other day I could actually smell an odor inside the washer. How do I get rid of this black mold. It can't be good for the clothes I am washing. I put clorox in with a few rags but it didn't touch it. HELP!!!

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  • Shopko Jo Nov 08, 2008

    I also have a black line of mold on the seal inside the washer. I have put bleach on it to ****** it. Doesn't touh it. I will probably have to replace the seal at some point in time. My washer is 18 months old

  • rerems Nov 08, 2008

    I have constant mold....I can't keep up with it and its gross.

  • j_koja Nov 08, 2008

    I have the same mold/mildew bad smell problem with the Frigidaire Affinity ATF6000ESO that's only 3 years old. I don't think the person before me kept up with the required cleanings. I've bleached the rubber gasket inside and out, and i think i have most of the mold out, but the smell won't go away. I've also cleaned the dispenser tray by soaking it in bleach for hours, and although it's now clean, I have the figure out how to get deep inside to get the rest of the mold. From everything i've read these last 4 days, nothing will get the smell out. The 1 option I read that gave me any hope was that Frigidaire agreed to send out a repair man to replace the rubber gasket for one lucky washer owner. The only hope we have is that Frigidaire recalls the front load washers or agrees to replace the gasket with the new version they've manufactured that won't retain water for washer owners - and for free! I refuse to do a load until the mold smell is gone, so I'm at my wits end!

  • e1e2 Nov 10, 2008

    same smelly, black issue. Only 18 months old.

  • Anonymous Nov 11, 2008

    I have the same problem with mold around the rubber gasket. Bleach hasn't worked and my towels especially have an odor even after washing. Is there something to do besides replacing the gasket?

  • k9macho Nov 12, 2008

    We have a stack unit, that is less than 2 years old. It's a great space saver, but the water that is caught in the door gasket sits there, mildews and has a terrible odor if we don't keep it wiped out and dry between washing. Also the plastic door handle is extremely fragile and has broken at the top where it is secured to the door.

  • Anonymous Nov 15, 2008

    Our washer is only a few months old and I noticed mold in the gray rubber lining just inside the front load door. I tried to clean it, but it is not coming off. How do I get it off? How do I prevent it from re-curring?

  • stacielopez Nov 17, 2008

    I too have problem with mold and bad smell. I was told by a custer service agent to do a wash of towels with hot water and vineger...mold is still there and in places that I really can't get to. Help!!!

  • Anonymous Nov 22, 2008

    I have the same problem. I have been working all day and with bleach and Tilex and nothing has helped. The black mold is between the rubber and the metal and it is very hard to get to . I had a technician come up about a year ago and he replaced the rubber (or boot). However, ever since I have had this problem. The washer smells horrible and the mold keeps growing. I am thinking about replacing it! Just as simple as that. Front loaders are just highly overrated. By the way I own model: LTF2940ESO

  • jbh4family Dec 07, 2008

    I also have the affinity front load washer and my husband has even removed the rubber lining to clean it- I do not recommend that as it was not fun trying to get it back into the washer. My washer is 2 years old and I would never buy another front load washer again. I have tried all the remedies but I have not tried calling the company. I will do that and hope for the best.

  • Anonymous Jan 18, 2009

    We have the same black mold problem that won't go away. Also, the front door to the washer fell off once when I went to open the thing. No extra force used just cheaply made. I'm very disappointed...spent way too much for both the washer and dryer. Will never purchase a front loader again!

  • Anonymous Jan 28, 2009

    I noticed in the gray rubber piece of my front loader a mold substance. I have tried Tilex and magic erasers. Nothing seems to get rid of it. It is starting to have an smell, what should I do to correction this?

  • Anonymous Jan 28, 2009

    I have the exact same problem and cannot get it out. If you were able to solve youir problem please advise.

  • Anonymous Feb 28, 2009

    I have the same problem. Interesting that the person giving the solution says to keep the door open. The instructions say to close the door! Always! The only thing I find that does work is to wipe it down after every load and keep the door ajar. Also, give it a bleach cycle every once and awhile.



  • Anonymous Mar 01, 2009

    I have the EXACT same problem!

  • Anonymous Mar 02, 2009

    Not only is there mold in the gasket inside the door to my washer...there's SERIOUS mold inside the tray compartment where the soap and fabric softener go. I took the tray out and was horrified when I saw the amount of growing mold. I can't get rid of it in either place. I DO keep the door open when the washer is not in use. I also leave the tray compartment open slightly. Nothing helps.

  • Anonymous Mar 04, 2009

    I own a GE front load machine and it had a musty smell after about 6 months of use. I called the repair man and he informed me that most front load washers have an overflow hose that holds water from previous loads. I too tried all the bleach tricks that did not help. He showed me how to remove the front lower panel[kind of a pain , so now mine stays off],After removing panel you find a cap that can be removed, be ready because all the stinky grey water is going to come pouring out. I caught it in a tray and found coins, hair pins, paper clips all the things my old top load would have caught in the basket. I left the cap off and sprayed a bleach product up into the opening. This made all the difference in the world, the only problem is you must repeat every month or so. I have since noticed that this same newer model and the new LG model have a small door in the front lower panel to access this cap. I knew what this little door was for but wanted to know if the salesman knew. No one in the store had a clue. It is time people learn about the products they sale.

  • kimsings Mar 17, 2009

    My front loader is about 3 1/2 yrs old and I've had this mold problem as long I can remember - I get something that looks like pencil or pen marks on the laundry from time to time. I've bleached, Tilexed, Lysoled, scrubbed, etc, etc - but nothing works. HELP!!!

  • washspouse May 08, 2009

    Bad smell developed in the washer even after I cleaned out a lot of muck that had collected under the bladder that was very difficult to reach.

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I think Frigidaire should replace all of our seals that holds mold at their espense.

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LEAVING DOOR OPEN BETWEEN USES ALLOWS WASHER TO BREATHE. BEING A CLOSED SYSTEM, IT'S KIND OF LIKE PUTTING A TUPPERWARE LID ON A BOWL WITH RESIDUE AND MOISTURE INSIDE AND LETTING IT GROW.

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  • Anonymous Aug 31, 2010

    In the pacific northwest, leaving the door open does not help, as it does not dry out even when left open (the humidity is very high here). Wiping it dry has not helped either. I suspect water is caught in places that are inaccessible. My Frigidaire Affinity washing machine has an awful smell and nothing gets rid of it, not running bleach through or anything else I've tried. It makes my clothes stink that are run through it. I regret ever buying this washing machine.

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I just spoke to someone at Fridgidair sinceI have the same problem. It is not covered by my extended warranty. She said to run a cycle of just vinegar (about 1 cap full) then wipe down completely. Then do the same thing with 1/2 cap of bleach (run cycle) then wipe down completely. Don't put clothes in there while this is going on and don't mix the vingar and bleach together she warned me. Then once done, leave the door open after to dry or wipe entire thing down. I was concerned about leaving door open since the light stays on but she said that was most likely covered by my warrenty if the light burned out. IF your machine doesn't dry out by leaving door open, then she said to wipe down after each load... annoying but then again so is mold in a place you are trying to clean clothes.

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    Helen Corey Apr 21, 2015

    I've had my front load Affinity (Frigidaire) for 7 years. The mold problem is getting worse and smells. I've tried the bleach, followed by vinegar solution 3 times. Still did not get rid of the mold between the rubber gasket and the metal drum. I've been wiping between the rubber gasket and the steel drum after using the washer and still get black stuff coming off on the rag. I've tried washing machine cleaners and those don't work. My solution is that when this front loader needs to be replaced, I'm getting a top loading washing machine, if I live that long since I'm in my 70's.

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