Repair man told me this is common with front load washers. I was told to put Sunlight dish washing detergent (for dishwashers not hands) in the machine (about 1/2 cup) and do a hot wash with the machine empty.
Front load washers dont completely drain, and so you're left with little bits of water for mildew (egg smell) to grow in.
You can either:
1) leave the washer door ajar.
2) run your last load (whites) with bleach
Let me guess, you smell it when you use hot water to wash?
sounds like it is more of a hot water heater problem with the rotten egg smell you mention.
This happens when the "sacrifical rod" in your hot water heater needs replacing.
Inside every water heater is a long magnesium bar called an anode rod. The sacrificial metal protects the tank from rust by corroding first. Once the bar disintegrates, however, the tank begins to corrode. You can at least double the life of your heater by replacing the rod before it dissolves completely ? every four years or so, depending on your water quality.
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As someone who has had a deep well drilled and found water, but water contaminated with iron and sulfur, I can tell you first hand about the rotten egg smell. The water softener will remove the iron that can turn clothes orange, but doesn't do anything to remove the rotten egg odor. You will need a charcoal (carbon) water filter to eliminate the sulfur smell.
Check the drain where the wash machine is plumbed into it should have the blung to stop the smell comming out of the drain,also check the filter but it is very rare that the smell will come out of the washer it will be a drain issue that is backing up through the washer,if you havent got a u bend trap on the drain it will allow the drain gases to come back into the house.
hope that helps a little bit.
Your local home depot sells a product called AFFRESH that is made for front loaders to clean mold as well as stagnant water smells from washing machines. I have also hear other techs suggest vinegar and water but personally I would much rather have the unit smelling nice and flowery smell instead of a vinegary smell. Also it is important to note your drain line should be at least 6" higher then the top of your washer if it were less then the water that is supposed to leave the machine goes back inside the machine thus giveing some a stagnant water smell or like bad eggs.If you have any further questions message me back Thank you Rick
Rotten egg stench is caused by sulphur content in the water or building up over time in your water heater. It can also build in a water system that is rarely run. Have you noticed this smell from other taps in your house? There are inline charcoal filters that can remove it from the water, or you can also try removing the water lines from the washer and running them awhile.
I am not a repair professional. I am just a 78 year old
man who has been making his own repairs for about
50 years. Therefore the washer ID doesn't mean
much to me. It's been about 55 years since I had
experience with front load washers. However I can
suggest you go to www.applianceaid.com where
they have very good trouble shooting and repair
information on front loaders. I think you'll find what
you need there. Good luck with it.
go buy a small bag called "shock" for a pool.. it is only $3 at home depot.. just add 1/4 cup on an empty cycle with hot water.. it will scrub your plastic and stainless clean.. i have my wife add a teaspoon to all my clothes.. our towels would smell moldy a couple hrs after getting out of shower. now they have no smell anymore.. no smells comming out of washer either..
Make sure the rubber door gasket is clean. Pull it back and clean under and around it. The gasket will collect dirt and begin to mildew causing various odors. Run the machine empty, boil a medium pot of water to almost boiling, then put it in the machine during the wash cycle. This will help clean the lines, during the rinse cycle place a 1/2 cup of vinegar in the unit. Make sure you are using HE detergent. 1-2 tablespoons will due. If your using liquid fabric softner, dilute it by half. These machine use less water than a typical top loader and can't dissolve regular detergent effectively. There by causing your lines to get clogged with gunk.
We fell prey to the same desire to have the state of the art, economical and supposedly gentler on your clothing front loading washing machine. Bosch WFK 2401 and I have found a solution but it is not pretty for those of you who have a washer not hidden in a laundry room.
I keep the kick plate off at the base of the front of the washer. Using a low profile pan, an 8 x 8 cake pan is about right and immediately after every wash plase the small drain hose over the pan and open it. The pan fills about half way with water that is left in the bottom of the drain system. Doing this prevents the next load from being exposed to the rotten egg water.
It must be done at the end of every load. I too keep the front door open when not in use and pull the detergent/softener draw open as well.
Good luck. Can hardly wait to justify that I have lived with this long enough to purchase a new top loader!