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 +.
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.
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.
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Try using vinegar and distilled water. If this does not work try using a little bleach and water. Repeat till mildew is gone. Rinse thoroughly Again & Again. Everyday humidifiers should be cleaned. After your last uses try blow drying it. Before you put it away. If it's dry it will not mold or mildew. Mold & mildew will cause you to get very sick. If the mildew does not go away replace your unit.
If you take a bit of tilex mold/mildew spray and a rag, you should be able to remove it all. Also , look down at the bottom of the front "gutter" just in front of the tub. There is a series of drain holes and clothes lint can build up a bit in here. take a towel and wipe the holes really clean . This will help keep the water draining out of the front and keep the moldy smell to a minimum. One last thing, I've found with my front loader, that if I keep my wash loads to a medium full size instead of completely jammed full load size, the drain/mold issue is almost non-existent. Hope this clean it all up for you!
I agree with your concerns, but, unfortunatly, leaving the door open and emptying the drain trap is all you can do. I would also start washing your laundry with at least a 1/2 cup of borox with each load. This will help with the smelly cloths as well as running the monthly clean cycle or an empty express wash with only bleach.
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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You have mold and /or mildew growth in your evaporator drain pan assy. You need to take the case off and insert a mold/mildew anti growth agent. You can purchuse this at most hardware stores or HVAV supply houses.
Whirlpool has a new product out called affesh www.affresh.com it is supposed to help with cleaning out your unit. Keep in mind that it took a while to get into that state, so it might take a bit to get out of it. Some things to consider, the amount of detergent that you are using along with the amount of fabric softener, cut back on both. Remember with front loads you have much less water, so you don't need too much product in there. One of the be detergents on the market that I have found is called Persil, it is from Germany, costs a bit more but works great. As well you don't have to use too much of it 25ml or 1/8 of a cup, so it goes a long way, and no real odour build up that I have found.
Let me add...I was having a problem with the washer draining. I followed these instructions http://www.fixya.com/support/r385845-checking_drain_pump_in_whirlpool_duet from this website. I found two socks and they were extremely mildewed and the junk that came out smelled. It may be worth it to check and see if there is something in the pump. It wasn't very hard to do. Let me reiterate something that was mentioned...if your washer is not in a garage or somewhere you don't mind a good bit of smelly water leaking out...definitely use a shop vac first.