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Bad smell in our washing machine LG Front Loader WD-8074

We run at least two loads every day in our LG WD8074FHB washing m/c - recently when my wife removes the clothes after a completed cycle, she has noticed that there is a bad odour inside the machine?? She has run the machine empty on hot to try and clear but the smell remains? Could you kindly give us any advice?

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  • Anonymous Dec 06, 2008

    I also have this problem - bad odour in my LG WD-80250NP washing machine. This problem started within one month after machine was bought. I wrote to the suppliers, manufacturers ... no solution from them. I then found the problem ... after a wash, some water remains in the machine, and if not drained, wall start to smell terrible!

    So... you will have to drain the water manually from the machine after each use ... what schlepp!!! I am sooo very sorry I ever bought this LG ... should have stayed with Defy ...

    On the right lower front of my machine is a little door,which I have to open, then drain the water ... and I have to do this after each wash, ... if not, the machine has a most terrible bad odour, which will be in the clothes with your next wash!!

    I use good washing powders, eg Bio Classic, and Skip, as well as softeners,eg Sta soft, so this cannot be the cause of the problem.

  • ms2feathers6 Dec 26, 2008

    I know about this problem. I just visited a friends and some of her clothes and things smelled musty. Even the towels and when you washed with them YOU smelled musty. She said it was the washer and she had the service men come out and every thing was just fine. she has to use about a half a gallon of bleach to get the smell out but after a few washings it is back. other than doing a self drain what can be done?

  • s04hollo Jan 03, 2009

    We also have the problem of foul smell with our machine -- I will never recommend this product to anyone!!



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You don't have to drain all the water out after each use, you just need to clean things up a bit.

There is a problem with the design, in that the drawer area is a breeding ground for mould.

There will be a latch on the drawer you need to press to remove it - take it out and wash it in a hot solution of borax. Alternatively bleach it, and then wash in hot detergent.
Use a spray cleaner designed to kill mould and mildew, and use it with a brush inside the drawer apature to remove all mould build up. It's quite a grotty job - but needs doing.
After that, use a cloth to clean as far back into the pipe as you can.

Do two washes on hot with bleach, then a rinse, and it's good to go.

It is most important you leave the drawer open after a wash, and the door open more than 2" on these machines to prevent it, and a hot wash occasionally for whites. Tell the manufacturer that you won't be buying their brand again.

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I had the same problem.  It's a design flaw with all HE's I have learned, they are too efficient.   I visited my local Sears store and purchased WasherFresh.  I initially tried Affresh made by Whirlpool, did not help at all.  WasherFresh I initially had to use 3 tables to get rid of the buildup and now I use it once a month and now our towels do not smell moldy.  Hope this helps.

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We have the same problem I have had mine for 4 years now. About once a month I put one cup of powder dish washer soap and one cup of bleach and put it on regular cycle with hottest water setting . Also if you use Liquid detergent STOP. I has animal fat in it and the animal fat doesn't drain out well and sits there and cause more bacteria and mold to grow... This was told to us by a service man . It has worked since I switched to powder and clean it monthly I have not had to deal with the smell. I would never recommend this wash machine I shouldn't have to do this but it solved the problem for me

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