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My Kenmore Elite He3 sounds like it has water in the tub after washing AND smells of MOLD?

I was the clothes and it washes fine, but then afterwards if I shake the tub back and forth I hear water sloshing around, and it smells of mold. I read that people have the mold smell but get it clear with opening the door but that won't work with the excess water left in the tub. What is the problem, all your help is greatly appreciated!!!!

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Re: My Kenmore Elite He3 sounds like it has water in the...

There is always some water left inside the machine and that is probably what you are hearing are you using liquid detergent? if so this is almost certainly the cause of the smell. liquid detergent leaves a nasty slime inside thge machine and smells like drains. put on a boil wash with no clothes and revert to using powder detergent

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