The rubber ring that runs on the inside of the opening to the washer (not sure what this part is called) is moldy. We've tried to clean it with a bleach solution and also leave the door open when not in use but we cannot get it under control. It's gross and I don't like having the clothes touch it on the way out. Can this ring be replaced with a new part?
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Re: Mold on the Inside Ring
You can try white vinegar on that gasket but if you want to replace it, you will need to tell us what brand and model number appliance you have. Once known, I can tell you where to get a replacement gasket... Good Luck.. BTW: if its a front loader style, that is a well known common problem and there are a few products you can buy and use to keep that in check.. Let me know the brand and model and we'll go from there.
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First you should reach deep into the front door seal and run your fingers around. There is probably slime in there. You will need to thoroughly clean this with a bleach water mix about 50-50. You might need to pull the seal almost inside out to get in there good. If after scrubbing you still have black in the rubber the mold will come right back, in that case you will need to replace the seal. They are not to hard to replace but a little tricky. Here is a link that should help if you need to replace the seal or if the wire ring pops off when cleaning. Now if all cleans up well or you replaced it be sure to wipe out the seal after each use (deep in there) and /or leave the dooropen.
Hi Try using bleach with hot water, run a cycle with hot water and bleach. Or spray bleach +water mixture on the seal. Run a cleaning cycle with hot water and bleach or vinegar at least once a month to reduce the growth of mold in other parts of the washer. If the growth is very high then try and leave the door open for 4-5 hours and let it dry and then spray the bleach+water (3:1) mixture on the seal. Let it dry for another 2-3 hours. You may need to change the seal in case of extreme growth of mold. Hope this helps...
The door seal need to be pulled almost inside out to be a able to thoroughly clean it. I usually use a 50-50 mix of bleach water but other cleaning products like oxyclean may work better. After cleaning run a load with no clothes in it to remove any residue. Now if the mold has gotten deep into the rubber and still looks blackish after cleaning it will get moldy real soon and replacement will be the only solution. The key is from day one to leave the door open as you do and also wipe the door seal with a towel after each use. Not to defend frigidaire but most of the other brands have the same issues, some worse. If you need to replace the door seal or if the wire ring pops off when cleaning here is a link that should help http://appliancehelponline.com/washerdoorseal.html
Common problem. Clean the moulding as best you can, even scour with steel wool. Leave the door open so the machine will be dry when not in use or/and wipe the rubber after each use. You can try to cover up the odour by wiping with a rag moistened with vanilla essence. Otherwise fit a new rubber and keep it dry in future.
A few ideas to try but understand that these will not solve your problem 100%,.. To begin with. make sure you are using HE type detergent and use ONLY a few drops per load..any more than that will just end up damaging the front door hinge hardware and you will have to replace that... As for the mold problem.. that has plagued this type of washer for a while.. to my knowledge.. there is no known cure but you can buy Afresh tablets from ( home depot carries them) .. and run them thru a wash cycle about once a month ( more if necessary) .. they do seem to help a little,...I too have the same washer and have been most disappointed by the degree of problems it has had.. Also.. keeping the door open and wiping the gray gasket ( including the area that where water exits the washer..) may help a little too,...
Hope that helps...
Thanks for your suggestion about looking in the lip of the seal. I found one of my three year old granddaughters socks. Also, the seal for very dirty so I mixed a 50% solution and 50% solution of chlorox and used an old towel rag to wipe and wash throughly around the lip seal.
I noted that the aluminum ring inside the washer had also accumulated a lot of dirt. With one hand and fingers I held the wet cholorx towel inside the ring and with the other hand spun the tub around several turns until I had removed all the dirt and grime.
It did have a moldy smell. I'll let you know if this fixed the problem.