At the end of a wash cycle we found a considerable amount of fine gray residue (sort of like graphite) in the drain well at the front of the tub. It has gotten on the clothes at the front, but the ones at the rear were free of any contamination. We checked all pockets of the washed items and couldn't see where anything may have come out of the clothes. Is it possible for residue to build up somewhere in the machine? We've had the machine for over six years and this is the first time this has happened. Thanks for any help or ideas.
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Re: Fine Gray Residue at End of Wash
Probably residue that has built-up. There is now a front-load cleaner that is sold in most all stores; try it and see if that helps out. You use it just like detergent, but it is specifically for the washer insides. Thanks, please leave feedback or contact me again for more info if you need it.
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Make sure you are using the correct soap. (Front load soap powder) Also use a bit less than suggested on the packet. If you are often using cold or low temp wash cycles, dirt and build-up in the machine will be common and come off on your clothes. Use a very hot wash at least once a month to clean it out and stop using fabric softener. It sticks to everything and any dirt in the water gets stuck on and then comes off in later wash cycles.
High Efficiency (HE) washers are supposed to be energy saving dynamos that use little water and make smart use of electricity to reduce energy costs to operate them. These washers usually aren't cheap, either. It is important to properly maintain your washer by thoroughly becoming familiar with the operating specifications and by not doing something that could potentially shorten the life cycle of the appliance. The right answer is to always follow the manufacturer's recommendations in your owner/operator's manual.<br />
If you are not using HE detergent, you should be. These washers are designed to use high efficiency detergent which is formulated for wash tubs that only use small amounts of water. The typical HE washer only uses 5 to 7 gallons of water. If you use regular detergent, you are, in affect, using a higher concentration of detergent that is normally formulated for wash tubs that have a 35 gallon capacity. This can result in oversudsing and effect the operation of your washer. Most manufacturers now include a disclaimer in the owner's manual explaining this. IMPORTANT: In most cases this will also void your warranty as it is deemed as customer abuse of the appliance.<br />
NOTE: Prolonged use of the wrong detergent can damage the drain pump components and wash tub seals. This can also attribute to the accumulation of soap scum in the wash tub bellow (gray rubber door seal), drain lines and drain pump reservoir. This sticky residue is one of the major causes of foul odors as well.<br /><br /><u>If you are using the correct detergent, double check the label to make sure it is not double (2X) or triple (3X) concentrated. You could still be placing too much soap in your wash!</u><br />
Excessive laundry soap can also contribute to skin irritations as the soap residue does not sufficiently get rinsed out of the fabric. When the soap deposits become dried into your clothing, it can cause itchy red skin and/or rashes.<br />
<span>If you experience an over-sudsing situation most HE washers will shut down and display a fault code. To get rid of excessive detergent, there should be a RINSE & SPIN cycle to use. Run the washer through a rinse cycle with NO additional detergent added. You may have to repeat these steps several times depending on the amount of detergent used.</span><br />
<span>HE detergent is also low suds. This often misleads the consumer into thinking they aren't using enough detergent. Low suds are normal and desired when using an HE washer.</span><br />
<span>I hope this information is helpful.<br />
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I have had various issues with my fisher paykel top loader (GWL10US) and didn't realize they were all due to a plugged drain. I had mildew smell from excess water that never drained, gray streaks on clothes from dirt and residue that remained in tub, water left in tub and wet clothes after spin cycle, puddles on floor, and finally it wouldn't drain at all and the motor smelled hot/burned out.
This was all caused by a sock that got in between the outer/inner tub and went to the lowest part of the drain and finally blocked things so a leak was created and water dripped into the motor and caused a burn out.
To repair, bail water out of washer and unplug the washer. Tip machine back so you can see the motor/white plastic housing unit (pump) on bottom of washer. Where this unit attaches to the bottom of the washer, look for a clip/tab that you can pull with your finger (like a childproof cap) and twist the unit off the machine and unplug the connectors (there are 2). Once this unit is removed, you will see a quarter-sized hole into the bottom of the wash tub. this is where i found the elusive SOCK and pulled it through the hole.
When you order the "pump" it comes as one unit--motor and white plastic--and you twist it back onto the machine and plug in the connectors.
another website I've found helpful is ths.gardenweb.com/forum/laundry
This is a common problem on washing machines, if you predominantly do cold washes.
Over a period of time, a washing machine will accumulate a buildup of Soap Scum (excess soap & softener residue) which can stick to the inside of the drum.
This black coloured soap scum occasionally breaks away from the drum, and attaches to the clothing fabric during the wash cycle.
You can rectify this, by doing the following:
Firstly, purchase a packet of CITRIC ACID from your local grocery store (usually found in the baking isle).
Do the following procedure before going to bed:
1) Do a HOT WASH without clothes (Hi water level, with HOT water) - allow machine to fill with hot water, then add the CITRIC ACID to the water. Allow the machine to complete a FULL wash cycle (i.e. allow machine to agitate for 30 mins or so, then drain).
2) Fill the machine again with the HOT water / CITRIC ACID solution, but this time allow it to sit in the bowl overnight (no cycle).
3) Next morning, set machine to spin & drain (i.e. to empty the solution)
4) Set machine to fill with FRESH HOT WATER ONLY (no citric acid), then set machine to spin & drain. This will flush all remaining residue left in the bowl.
Note: Soap scum residue is caused by using excess detergent/fabric softener. Hot Water flushing should be done every 6 months.
Contrary to what the detergent manufacturers state, you should follow Samsung's instructions by using HALF the recommended detergent.
Samsung machines prefer LOW SUDS, and you may find by reducing the amount of detergent used, you may even eliminate the buildup of soap scum.
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Many of the machines are having a similar issue I am trying to find a resolution to fixing this, there are two issues. First Whirlpool has just recently identified a problem with premature bleach dispensing. Another dispensing problem I had is that fabric softener had to be diluted otherwise it would not wash out of the dispenser. And finally, the fabric softener dispenser would still hold a small amount of water after the wash cycle completed.Removing the top of some washers I have found that there is often a lot of stainless steel polish residue around the rim of the machine - which should have been cleaned away before the machine was shipped from Whirlpool. The gray, oily residue was not visible without removing the top of the washer. Knowing now what has caused the dark gray streaks on many peoples laundry.
ck drain hose end of drain hose should be at least 36 ins from floor also be sure drain hose fits loosely in drain water may be siphoning out resulting low water level to wash/rinse ..also recommend using liquid detergent dry doesn't dissolve good in cold water and even though it may be recommended for front load the lower water levels used may not be enough to dissolve it properly
Hello Welcome to fixya. I'm Huuum and happy to assist you,
You said,you have a Eurotech front loader. Lately you have observed that your cotton
materials come out with oily spots after wash. What can one use to
address this problem.
In most front loaders when this happens it is usually either of two things. 1.Front loaders must have HE detergent for their use and if you do not use HE detergent you must cut your detergent and bleach in half. Because to much detergent destroys your seal and eventually your bearings! And any other rubber seals like the rubber door seal in the front opening. These degrade and get into the wash and depending on the color of the rubber (Black or gray) are found to stain your clothing or leave a residue in those colors.! Those washers with Grey rubber like Maytag's have gray stains and or residues! I have people asking me about this problem every day!
Call the manufacturer and ask if they have any cleaner that you can run once with out clothes to put an end to this! And then use HE detergent and or half the dose of bleach form now on!
I hope this brings some lihgt to your problem. Please let me know what the Eurotech proplr tell you to use to clean it out of your washer!
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