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Washer does not spin, fridgidaire front loading, need to get rubber gasket for door?

I was just reading about how one could easily clean the pump and filter. I wish that we would have sen this before as I have already paid for 2 service calls. The first time the guy replace the pump as he said that it was burnt out (the washer is not quite 3 years old). He said that the pump was burnt because of all the stuff in there. He found some loose change and a few other things. Then we had the same problem again. This time he found a small piece of a bathing suit that had been sucked in, charge 65 dollars and claims that we need to replace the rubber gasket in the door. I question whether the rubber needs to be replace as it seems that one needs to clean the pump as needed. Would appreciate any further information. Thank you

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Cleaning the pump and filter out regularly and at the first sign of trouble is a good idea. Personally, I think anyone who removes that much rubbish from your pump the first time without showing you how to clean it for yourself in future doesn't deserve your business. Find somebody honest to look after your machine. I can only guess that your repairman is thinking in terms of why the small piece of bathing suit isn't still attached to the rest of the bathing suit: A choked pump won't cause the machine to eat clothes - a damaged door seal might. Was the bathing suit an isolated incident, or has the machine been damaging your laundry a lot lately? Can you feel any rough edges or see any obvious damage to the seal if you run your hand right round it? If the seal seems to be OK and you don't have a real problem with torn clothes, I'd sit tight myself. A.

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How to Remove Mold and Mildew from Front Load Washing Machines Today...

How to Remove Mold and Mildew from Front-Load Washing Machines

moldy-smell-washing-machine-1.jpg Front-load washing machines are notorious for collecting mold.
I've had my front-loading washing machine for about four years, and it has some great advantages - it's quiet, fast, uses less water and detergent, and gently tumbles (rather than yanking) my clothes. In general, I've been so pleased with it that I was shocked one day when I opened the door and was nearly knocked unconscious by a fetid blast of moldy-smelling air!
How could a machine that's so wonderful, suddenly turn so horribly smelly?
Gaskets hold moisture.
The answer is in the way the machine is designed. Front-loading washing machines have watertight, airtight doors that seal with a rubber gasket. That rubber seal traps moisture in the machine and also provides the perfect nooks and crannies for mold and mildew to grow.
Top-loading washing machines, on the other hand, have a rather loose fitting metal door that easily allows the tank to dry out between loads.
The problem isn't helped by our laundry preferences. High sudsing detergents and liquid fabric softeners leave behind residues and films that invite mold growth. Cold-water cycles and mild, eco-friendly detergents don't quite blast away residues like their environmentally-unfriendly counterparts.
So, to keep mold at bay, front-load washers need just a bit more maintenance than top-loading machines.

How to Get Rid of Mold and Smells in Top-Load Washers

If you've got a stinky front-load washing machine, here's how to get it smelling fresh again:
    moldy-smell-washing-machine-3.jpg Cleaning gasket on washer.
  • Clean Gasket: Use a rag or towel to clean the rubber door gasket on a front-loading washer with either hot soapy water or a spritz of mildew cleaner. Make sure to wipe underneath and around it as well. Be prepared for some slime and gunk, and possibly a stray sock or two!
  • Clean Dispensers: Remove the detergent dispensers and give them a good scrubbing. If they don't come out, clean them as best you can, using a bottle or pipe cleaner to reach back into the crevices.
  • Run Cleaning Cycle: Next, run an empty wash cycle on the longest, hottest water setting (or a tub-cleaning cycle, if you have it). Add one of the following directly to the wash tub:
    • 1 cup of bleach.
    • 1 cup of baking soda.
    • 1/2 cup of powdered enzymatic dishwasher detergent (such asCascade Complete).
    • A commercial residue-busting washer cleaner (such as Affresh orSmelly Washer).
    moldy-smell-washing-machine-4.jpg Commercial cleaning pellets.
  • Repeat Cleaning Cycle: If the problem persists, repeat the cleaning cycle and consider trying a different additive. It might take several cycles to get the smell out.
  • Professional Help: If you've tried every way to clean your front-load washer and it still smells, you may have mold growing back behind the drum, or possibly a clogged drain or filter. A qualified repair person can dismantle the machine and clean it for you, or you can unplug the machine and carefully explore and clean it yourself.

Preventative Maintenance

Once your machine is clean, follow these tips to keep it that way:
    moldy-smell-washing-machine-5.jpg Allow washer tub to dry.
  • Air It Out: If possible, leave the door of the front-load washer cracked open to allow it to dry thoroughly between cycles. However, you shouldn't do this if you have children or pets who could be tempted to climb (and possibly become trapped) inside the machine.
  • Remove Loads Promptly: Be sure to remove wet clothes as soon as the cycle is finished. Set your washer to beep when it's done, so you don't forget.
  • Choose Detergent Wisely: Choose low-sudsing detergents specifically made for high-efficiency (HE) machines. When possible, choose powder over liquid; liquid detergents are usually higher in suds.
  • moldy-smell-washing-machine-6.jpg Clean washer dispensers.
  • Use Less Detergent: Read the labels and use no more than the amount recommended for each load. Experiment with using less detergent, until you find the minimum amount necessary (sometimes just a spoonful) to get your clothes clean.
  • Avoid Fabric Softener: Liquid fabric softeners leave residue that contributes to mold in front-load washers. Instead, use dryer sheets or dryer balls to soften your clothes.
  • Dry Gaskets: Use an old towel to wipe around and underneath the door gaskets and the inside of the door on front-loading washers. Ideally, you should so this after every cycle, but at the very least it needs a periodic wipe down to remove any water or mildew trapped in the folds.
  • Use Bleach: About once a month, run a hot water bleach cycle. I usually take the opportunity to throw in work towels, fabric shower curtains, and muddy gardening clothes, along with that nasty gasket-cleaning towel.
Good Luck

Feb 27, 2015 | Washing Machines


E04 Error on Bosch Front Load Washer- WFMC3200UC/01- How to clean and/or change...

I kept getting an E04 error code on my Bosch washer. This means that I have a drain or pump problem. First, I need to trouble shoot before deciding to buy a new pump or to call a repair man.
2. Make sure the machine is unplugged.
3. There is a access door on the bottom right side of the machine. It looks like a circle. Turn the circle and remove. Get Towels! If there is water in there, it will be coming out onto your floor.
4. Open the cap. It looks and works like a gas cap on a car.
5. Clean any debris that you find there. Then replace cap.
6. Reach up and squeeze the hose leading from the tub to the pump. There is a little ball inside that hose which is a safety device to keep debris from entering the pump. If that ball moves freely (not necessarily easily, but freely), there is probably no debris to clean out. But, you can always check by removing the hose clamp and looking (not easy at this point).
7. If you found debris in either place, once cleared, you should be fine. The smallest item can cause this error (a hair pin, wet receipt, hair ball, etc...).
8. Replace the access door on front right.
9. Plug in machine and try another load. If you continue to get E04 code, then your pump is probably bad.

2. Make sure the machine is unplugged.
3. Remove the access door on the bottom right side of the machine again.
4. Open the cap again.
5. Put your finger in the pump motor and try to spin it. It should move, but not easily. If it moves easy, your pump is probably bad.
6. You can order a new pump motor or the whole pump assembly. The new pump assembly comes with a hose to drain your pump. The original part does not have this feature. No worries, changing the pump is easy and fairly inexpensive ($80-100)


2. Make sure the machine is unplugged.
3. You will need to remove the front panel of the machine for the easiest access.
4. Prop the machine front up. There is a metal plate that is attached to the bottom of the machine by 2 screws. Remove both screws. Lower machine back to floor.
5. Remove the door. IT'S EASY. Open door. Remove 4 hinge screws from the door (not from the frame). Be prepared to catch the door once the screws are removed.
6. Remove the front of the rubber door gasket. There is a thin round shaped wire that sits in the groove of the rubber gasket. There is a spring on the bottom of the wire, making it expandable. Gently pull the wire from the groove and set aside.
7. Remove the rubber seal from the front panel (frame of the hole) by unclipping the rubber from plastic notches around the perimeter of the hole. DO NOT Remove the rubber seal from the inside of the machine. Leave it attached.
8. Take the control panel off of the top of the machine. There are 4 screws (2 on each side). Remove the screws, gently pull out and up. No need to unplug the electrical panel. Place the panel on top of the machine.
9. There are 2 screws holding the front panel on. Remove both screws. (1 on each side, on top)
10. There are plastic clips on the inside of the panel. These work similarly to a bedrail attached to a headboard. Gently lift the entire front panel, unlatching it from the clips, then pull forward.
11. Get Towels! If there is water in there, it will be coming out onto your floor.
12. There will be 3 hoses on the pump assembly. Remove the hose clamps.
13. Reach back and unplug the pump. (Squeeze the plug at the pump motor and pull).
14. There are little rubber feet which attach the pump assembly to the bottom of the washer. Push the entire assembly back and lift up. (similar to the bedrail/headboard scenario mentioned above)

1. Reverse the above instructions.
2. Put rubber feet in bottom and pull forward.
3. Plug in pump.
4. Attach hoses.
5. Put front panel back on and pull down to snap into clips. Put screws in.
6. Put rubber gasket back on. Put gasket on notches. Put wire ring into groove.
7. Put the control panel back on. 4 screws.
8. Prop front of machine up. Reattach bottom to plate using the 2 screws.
9. Replace door, using 4 screws. This will take 2 pairs of hands.
10. Plug the machine in and try it out.
That is all. I am not a professional. I am single mom who has to do stuff like this on my own. Since the pump did not come with instructions and Bosch refuses to tell a person how to take the washing machine apart, I tired to find instructions online, but was unsuccessful. That is why I decided to share. I wrote these instructions from memory. Hopefully, I did not miss any steps. But it really is easy. I was unable to attach pictures, so I hope my descriptions were clear enough.

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you can purchase a cleaning product to run through the machine but white vinegar on a 95c wash also works.don't put any clothes in it though. if it has eaten into the door seal too much you can easily have them replaced. always leave the door open after each wash for about half an hour to let it dry out otherwise a damp environment is perfect for bacteria to develop. lots of hot washes and the door open prevents this.

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replace door lock..

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