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Smelly Water Draining

I know that my machine has the mold/mildew thing going on, bc when the tech guy took off the bottom plate and took off something else, it smelled pretty bad...and even he said thats what it was.
When you stick your head in the machine, I cant smell it, and my clothes dont come out smelly. But when the machine does a drain, it stinks up the whole basement like sulfery moldy smell.
The tech and whirlpool told me to use bleach, hot water cycles, to try dumping a while big container and let it sit overnight...I have done these many times, with no sucess.
Any tips on how to fix this...
oh and I leave the door open all the time.
(and its not our house water or the pipes - we have had this checked over and replaced some pipes do to house repairs..)
we have had our machine for 3 years +.

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  • fantela Nov 19, 2008

    I dont have them yet..but its a start.

  • fantela Nov 19, 2008

    Thanks! I will have to post back after I try them.


  • jbankey Nov 19, 2008

    I had the same problem with the smell. I kept getting the F02 and Suds signal on my machine. My husband took off the front of the machine under the door and it appears that there is a "filter" there that screws off that catches things before they go down the drain. You wouldn't believe all the **** that way in there: coins, knee high hose, and several Shout Color Catcher sheets. All that was keeping the water for draining properly and making it smell awful. We are now going to clean it out every few months plus I know put small things such as socks, hose and color catcher sheets in a lingerie bag so they can't get sucked in! We also had to replace the handle and the frame around the glass front because it both pieces broke off and I had to use a butter knife to open it. Other that that the washer works great! I have the GHW9400PW0 but they are almost all the same. Check that filter!!!



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I have the Whirlpool Duet washer. I tried the Affresh tablets several times. Ive run bleach thru the machine several times, wiped down the rubber seal by the door and STILL the mildew smell. My wife was set on getting another machine, but since the front loaders seem to typically have the problem, I figured it would be a waste of $1k.

Then it occurred to me that the one place the bleach was not reaching was the FRONT of the seal--where the seal contacts the door (not the glass part--the door itself.) I wiped that down a few times with a bleach-laden cloth, making sure to get into the recesses around the FRONT part of the seal. That solved the problem. It's now a reglar maintenance practice.

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Also spray a dilluted mix of bleach and water all over the drum, under the rubber seal by the door. Pour bleach in the detergent dispenser, and pour some more inside the machine. About 1/2 cup in each place or so. Run the machine empty on a Normal load setting with hot water. I do that a few times a month, and also use the Affresh

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Try getting the new whirlpool affresh washer tablets. They clean the mold and are supposed to make everything in the washer smell better and keep it clean. They are only around 10 bucks and is worth a shot to clean your smelly drain.

Posted on Nov 19, 2008

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    Justin Duby Nov 19, 2008

    they should fix it. affresh does wonders.


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