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Clothes smell on some cycles

Washer/dryer run great. After clothes are washed and dried they have a smell I cant even describe. It is horrid and have had to throw some clothes out. Doesn't happen on all loads. I have noticed that if I leave lid down, there is a musty smell in washer. Not where the tub is, behind or underneath the tub. I do not have water standing in bottom of washer that I have noticed.

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You need to clean the tubs.

Unplug the machine.

Remove the agitator top. Remove the screw or plastic sleeve that holds the agitator down. A 1/2 inch socket extension will fit in the plastic sleeve. Pull the agitator out.

Now you will need to remove the nut that holds the inner tub. A spanner wrench is the best way, but you can use a large screwdriver to lossen the nut. Pull the inner tub. If it doesn't release take a hammer and a driving tool aka anything that will reach and not destroy the crown and tap all the way around the crown. If that doesn't release it, get someone to tap while you pull the tub. Be careful not to break the fill tube. I have broken quite a few being in a hurry. Haste makes waste.

Now with the tub pulled, clean the inside of the outer tub and the outside of the inner tub. Reassemble the machine.

FYI, liquid fabric softener and/or using too much detergent will cause the sewage smell. Liquid fabric softener is terrible for your machine. Use dryer sheets if you can adapt to them.

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

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