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Re: There is a black rind all round the door seal?
Almost every machine that passes through my workshop has the same thing. After speaking to freinds in trade and customers the conclusion i have is that its caused by some fabric softeners although there is no scientific proof of this.Try taking out the soap dispensor and you will probably see evidence of it. Please post back your findings as i would like to nail this one.
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I had this problem too---same washer. The rubber door seal often harbours moisture and it's hard to clean just by running a cycle. You'll have to scrub away the mildew by hand.
Get a pair of gloves, a soft sponge, and a bucket of hot water with soap and bleach. Open the door. Press the sponge into the folds of rubber where the moisture is trapped. Work your way around the circumference of the seal. Repeat until the black goo is gone. Finally run a rinse cycle with some bleach.
Avoid this in the future by leaving the door ajar when not in use. Tuck an old towel into the seal to wick away the water.
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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The "black" is normal domestic mildew.
When you finish with the washing machine, leave the door ajar for a time (an hour is usually enough) so that the machine atmosphere can clear.
This simple step should stop the problem getting worse.
Gently, GENTLY cleaning the rubber with a mild bleach solution will gradually help to cut back the black. (There are also loads of off the shelf anti-mildew sprays from any major supermarket or hardware store.)
Just go easy with them and remember to wash rugged old socks or whatever in the washer directly after blitzing it - nothing worse than your best shirt coming out bleached!
Can not really say why your machine is not cleaning clothes from your summary - sorry :)
all front loads all brands have same issue with mold people today tend to use less bleach CHLORINE BLEACH that is ..allow machine to fill with hot water normal wash pour 2 cups CHLORINE BLEACH in water allow to wash a few min to mix open door and with cloth wash inside of door gasket be sure to roll gasket back and wash underneath lip allow to finish complete cycle should remove most of mold try to this every few months..also leave door open between use to allow moisture to dry out as much as possible like i said YOU ARE NOT ALONE