Question about Washing Machines
A sewer smell is coming from the drum. The washer had stopped in the middle of a load back in June & when the repairman took it apart to fix it, the smell was horrible. He said that was common, and the smell would go away after he fixes it...and it did. But now (four months later) the smell is back & seems to be coming thru the drum.
Beat way to solve this problem is, Run your machine on the highest setting and add a cup of bleach, do the same again and add a cup of vinegar, this will clean the inside of your machine and give the water inlets a good clean out. Repeat as necessary.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: sewer gas smell
IMPORTANT: Read thoroughly. DO NOT add detergent or other laundry products to this cycle.
1. Remove all items from the washer.
2. Open the dispenser drawer and 2/3 cup (160 mL) of liquid chlorine bleach to the bleach compartment. DO NOT use more than 2/3 cup (160mL) of bleach per cycle as this will lead to product damage.
3. Close the washer door and dispenser drawer.
4. Select the Clean Washer cycle or a full wash cotton 104 F wash (40 C). DO NOT use any higher temperature as this will cause unnecessary fumes
5. Press Start and allow cycle to complete.
6. If the bad odour persists, repeat the procedure 1 or 2 more times. This may be necessary if this is the first time you have run this cycle.
7. After the cycle is complete, leave the door open slightly to allow ventilation and drying of the washer interior.
8. Repeat the cleaning procedure monthly.
To maintain the washer freshness:
1. Use only HE High Efficiency detergent.
2. Leave the door open after each cycle to for better ventilation and drying of the washer interior.
3. Use warm / hot water in your machine unless the fabric you are washing requires cold.
4. Use the correct amount of fabric softener.
5. If your laundry room is damp, use a dehumidifier.
6. Clean the door seal of visible residue.
Posted on Sep 10, 2009
The odor that you are experiencing may be from the growth of mold. Inside the washer, some small pools of water may be left standing and is harboring mold spores. Even though you may operate the washer regularly, the mold spores are not being washed away.I have a couple of tips that might help to eliminate odor issues in your washing machine. First, and the most effective in my research is to, leave the lid, or door to the unit open. By leaving the door open, it promotes air circulation and evaporation of standing water. The reduction in odor, will occur quickly and dramatically.
My second tip is to run the washer empty for a quick rinse cycle. Add an entire cup of bleach at the start of the cycle. The bleach is effective at destroying organisms, such as mold and bacteria. However, running it once will not be completely effective. I suggest pouring another cup of bleach into the wash tub, after the cycle has completed. This will leave bleach as the standing pool and should prevent the growth of mold or bacteria. However, if you do this, before doing a load of laundry you should run an empty rinse cycle again, to avoid damage to the clothes from the bleach left standing in the wash tub.
NOTE_ If the above suggested actions do not heel this, ungodly, fragrance, I would recommend to have the septic tank inspected for clogs, or ruptured lining. Have the septic lines inspected, as well.
Posted on Dec 15, 2009
You are probably correct with the idea the sewer smell is not coming from the washer but rahter then drain line. Was this recently installed or has a slow drain down the pipe? There is suppose to be what is called a P-trap installed in the drain pipe to restrict the gases from coming back into your home. Check the drain line. If I can help further, I am here. Eric Campion
Posted on Mar 03, 2009
It could be several problems. Door gasket needs to be cleaned often with bleach. Door needs to be left open between washings. Clean and drain water filter on drain. Use a bleach and water solution on an empty drum and let it set. Then run it unloaded to rinse.
Posted on Dec 31, 2009
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