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1994 Kenmore 90 series washer smells musty

I have been using eco-friendly detergent and running my washer cycles with only cold water for a year now. My washer is getting mustier and now the clothes come out clean but musty smelling. What should I do to fix this problem?

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  • glueck Nov 29, 2008

    I have now run 3 full wash hot water loads with and without laundry with varried amounts of bleach (1/2 to 1 cup) with little or no improvement.



    I have never used much detergent (usually only half of the recommended amount), so I don't think the problem is build-up of suds, as mentioned in other solutions.



    Calling a repairman is not an option for me. I would rather spend the money on a new energy-efficient front loading machine.

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"Thanks for Trying"? We strive to improve our solutions and really appreciate feedback in order to provide you with better advice. Could you please provide some reasons as to why, instead of leaving adverse ratings with no comments? Have you attempted any of the advice given? I have experienced this problem before with washers and have never had a problem once I started using either a hot water or bleach regiment regularly. I also mentioned it make take a couple of times before you notice a difference. This is a common problem with consumers that choose only to run cold water settings.

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If you do not use a hot water cycle every so often it can contribute to the build up of mold or mildew inside the washer drain lines, pump and tub.. This is a common problem for those that only use cold water cycles. The detergent alone sometimes is not enough to kill bacteria. You also need the heat from hot water. I would recommend that you run a cleaning cycle on the hottest setting you have about once per week as a preventive measure. Add some bleach to the water to kill any existing bacteria. NOTE: This may take a couple of wash loads before you notice a difference. If you wish to conserve by not wasting water and energy by running an empty wash tub every week, switch to washing your whites in hot water with a little bleach to keep them brighter. This will kill bacteria in the washer in the process. I hope this helps you.

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