Question about Kenmore 44102 Front Load Washer
I get brown spots on white shirts after washing
If it's gunk or build up the marks should wash away. In this case run a long cycle using "affresh" or "washer fresh" with an empty load and use the hottest water available to help rinse the gunk out.
If the marks do not wash away, it could be grease due to a bearing failure. Listen for loud growling or grinding either by spinning the drum by hand or putting it into a spin cycle. If this is the case, the rear tub assembly (contains bearing) will need to be replaced. Not much can be done about the ruined clothes :(
Posted on Feb 19, 2009
I had the same problem - white clothes (the only ones washed with hot water and bleach) stained with brown streaks, and mildew build-up on gasket. I used Affresh (both the tablet and the wiping cloth) then tried another white load and had the same problem, this time with stains also appearing in brown spots the same size and pattern as the drum. I used Affresh a second time then ran a couple of subsquent tests with a white rag and everything seems fine now.
Posted on Mar 15, 2009
I have been having the same issue and the washer has been very loud during the spin cycle...it is definitely the bearing but boy are they expensive! Costing me $230 to fix, but they machine is still in great shape.
Posted on Jun 02, 2009
Check the dryer for the seal in front of unit. a bad seal could be causing your clothe to come out with stains in white. so determine if its coming from the washer or dryer because a lot of the times the seals on the 417 dryers will stain whites. the seal is located inside of the drum between front panel and drum glides. stick your head inside of drum and look to see if the seal is good or not. hope this helps.
Posted on Apr 12, 2009
Had the same problem with maytag maxima. After running one affresh cycle, we could piles of brown flaky slimy bits in the tub. Figured it was the enzymes of the dish washing powder(cheaper than affresh tabs) breaking down the waxy build up of cheap (everyone in the house buys their own) fabric softer in the tub lining. Ran the same cycle with a cup of powder each 4 more times before the flecks went away. Going to do the dish washing powder trick each week from now on.
Posted on Feb 19, 2013
I have the same problem with my brand new front load.I am starting to wonder if it is the water? It's not yellowing like rust it is brown spots.
Posted on Nov 22, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Mar 02, 2015 | Kenmore 45081 Front Load Washer / Dryer
Hello Loree Grudem - This can be the result of the shaft bearing and seal. They may have become worn and the transmission oil is creeping up to get in your water. Once this happens, it gets on your clothes to cause staining. Or possibly you have a buildup of fabric softener that comes loose and puts a greasy like substance in your water and on your clothing. Once you put your clothes in the dryer and the old fabric softener melts you will see these spots. I suggest contacting a professional to move forward accurately.
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