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Re: Kenmore 110 elit serires washer smell like mildew. er
Buy whirlpools new affresh washer cleaner. They are tablets that you run through the washer cycle with the hottest water setting. They kill the black mold and keeps it from coming back if used regularly.
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The problem is mildew that is on the outer tub (the one that surrounds the metal tub that you can see). There has been much written and discussed about this. I have a Whirlpool that smells awful if we don't leave the lid up and a fan on it. Whirlpool makes a product that will abate the smell somewhat, but the smell comes back and the product isn't cheap.
I have had temporary success with bleach or Lysol (the good old fashioned disinfectant in a brown bottle) but you have to douse the tub from top to bottom. Be careful with allowing bleach to remain in a washing machine as it will corrode all metal parts inside the unit.
I wish I had an easy answer for you. Prior to this washer, I had a GE washer for over 30 years that never, ever smelled bad. I want it back.
Residual water in the drum is NORMAL. Since the drain pump and drain lines are at the lowest point of the drainage system, gravity will ALWAYS keep some water in the lines and pump. However, if you have water visibly present in the wash basket, then you may have a blockage in the drain system somewhere. Most often, the drain pump can become clogged with debris over time and need to cleaned out. The following link explains how:
Debris in the drain pump and/or drain lines can contribute to foul odors being present in the washer. In addition, NOT leaving the door open between washes can cause the tub to become stagnant. The manufacturer recommends leaving the door OPEN between washes to allow the tub to air out and to prevent mold and mildew from forming. The following link can give you some pointers on things to do to get rid of odors and prevent them from coming back:
every front load washer evetually will start to smell,the best solution ls run your washer with hot water and put a container of clr in the washer it will wash all the residue built up on the outer tub
water may not be draining completely out cause something is stuck in drainage area.
Other posts tell how to remove the top of washer to look between white outer tub and inner wash tub for sock or something else that is lodged.
Look at my post on "eco smart won't drain, smells hot" for instructions on removing the black motor/white plastic housing from bottom of washer. I had a sock stuck in the very lowest part of the drainage system, water wouldn't drain out and couldn't see the sock until I removed the motor. I was able to pull the sock through the quarter-sized hole in bottom of tub and drain the remaining very stinky water. I used a dog dish (need a low edge bowl to fit under washer), tipped washer forward, then back and just kept emptying the dish.
Saw another post said don't tip washer back. There is something on backside of washer that you could break if you tip backwards. So, if you tip forward i guess you won't break anything--i haven't...yet.
Noticed a musty smell lately, and also had gray streaks on my clothes. Think the standing water that wouldnt' drain out has been my issue for some time now and when the motor burned out, I finally had to research the other issues.
if you are using a rubber drain hose look for a kink for flattened area this could be restricting flow out of washer replace hose with the plastic hose that comes with it..also ck hoses and pump for restriction ( socks ,thongs) lastly remove pump and ck impeller for severe wear impeller should be almost same diameter as pump case if it's a lot less replace pump
They have not been putting lint catchers in washers for 15+ years now. The new method the 110 washers use is by having rough sharp edges on the outside of the basket (where you place your clothes) As the water runs through the holes in the basket lint is caught by these sharp edges. Once the spin cycle begins, the lint is flung to the outer tub and washed down the drain in the house.
There is a product out there called Affresh. It is a tablet that can be used on all front loaders that do not have a Clean Cycle. It works great. It comes three tables to a bag. You should use all three the first time that you do this. After that, once a month is all that is needed. Two suggestions to help eliminate the smell and mildew. One, keep a wash rag handy and wipe up any water that remains in the door seal. Second, leave the door open for a day so that the washer can air out. This applies to all front loaders, not just GE, that do not have a Clean Cycle. Also, water sometimes stays in between the inner and outer tub. This water can become stagnant and create mildew, mold, and odor problems. I hope this helps!!! -The Appliance Braniac