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Problem with front load washer

Help! My front loading washer is leaving stains on my laundry. I have cleaned the drum and the rubber around the washer but I kept getting random stains on my clothing. Can someone tell me what to do?

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Re: problem with front load washer

Are stains a brown rusty color? If so, this may be an indication that the rear drum bearing is going bad. The bearing itself cannot be replaced. You will need to replace the entire back shell of the wash tub. Hope you have a warranty. This can be an expensive repair. Let me know if this is the case.

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Why does my front loading washer leave brown stains on some loads?

Hello friend, I appreciate your post!

I see you're getting brown stains on some of your loads of laundry within your Frigidaire washer. I have completed some research in regards to brown stains and that could be iron or manganese in the water supply, water pipes, or water heater. In order to restore discolored loads try a rust remover safe for fabric. Do not use chlorine bleach to remove these stains as it may intensify discoloration. I hope this is helpful. -Matt

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I have front loader washing machine and the rubber has got mould and having difficulty in removing the black mould

  • Saturate an old cloth with white vinegar. Alternatively, you might use petroleum jelly on the cloth to remove the mold.Pull the gasket out gently with your hands to reveal the mold and mildew buildup inside the folds of the gasket.Wipe the mold away from the gasket with the cloth. Continue working to wipe away all mold from the folds of the rubber gasket.Dry the folds of the gasket with a dry cloth when you finish removing the mold.Repeat this procedure at least once per month to prevent mold and mildew from forming. If you notice mold occurring more frequently, clean it off when you see it.

  • Tips for Preventing Mold & Smelly Problems:
    • Always leave the door and dispenser unit slightly ajar after the laundry is done. Front-load washers and the detergent/softener dispenser drawer must dry out.
    • Never leave a wet washload in the washer overnight; remove it when the washing cycle is complete and leave the door open.
    • After a load is done, always rotate the drum with your hand to see and remove all items. Some could be sticking to top or sides of the washer drum.
    • Use softener sheets in the dryer instead of liquid softeners in the washer.
    • Liquid detergents may leave less residue than powdered formulas which may not dissolve properly.
    • Use less than the recommended detergent level for your load. Too much detergent can cause a residue build up. Experiment until you find a minimum measurement that delivers a clean wash. This is also a money saver.
    • Occasionally wash some loads such as whites, linen and towels in warm or hot water to help flush out wash residue.
    • Always clean your washer as per your product manual. High efficiency front-load models have a cleaning cycle and it's imperative that you periodically run this cycle as directed.
    • Check the gasket just inside the door opening and remove any visible debris. You can also wipe it to speed the drying process.
    • Always use HE detergents with high efficiency front-load washers. Specially marked HE laundry detergent is low sudsing and is recommended for these low-water washers.
    • If this advice was helpful a vote with the thumbs up would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    I have a Whirlpool front loading duet washer. It's probably around 10 years old... Not sure. But it leaves marks on my light colored clothes and has from early on. I just didn't realize the problem was the...

    The brown stains are likely coming from the felt drum seal. The OEM adhesive is tar based - and after time and use - breaks down.

    You'll need a new felt seal - and the adhesive that is used should be silicone based... eliminating the brown streaks.

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    Kenmore Super Capacity 3.5 Front Load Washer leaves dark lines on light-coloured items and light lines on dark-coloured items! I've cleaned the rubber gasket (? where the door fits into the drum) and there...

    The brown stains are likely coming from the felt drum seal. The OEM adhesive is tar based - and after time and use - breaks down.

    You'll need a new felt seal - and the adhesive that is used should be silicone based... eliminating the brown streaks.

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    Dirt is accumulating between drum and rubber seal and leaves stains on the clothes.

    Clean the door boot with a 50/50 solution of bleach and water with a rag. This should be done regularly. It will help keep the mildew off boot as well.

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    Betty, this is problematic of all front loading washers. I have some helpful suggestions, which have helped us with our own front loading washer.

    First, whenever you're done doing a load of laundry, don't close the door all the way shut. Leave it open a couple of inches for a day to let it air dry out, which will prevent the nasty smelling odor you're getting.

    I also take a small rag/washcloth to wipe out the door seal/gasket after we're done washing, that way, there's less water to contribute to foul odors, etc.

    The other thing we discovered is to make our last load of wash the hot water wash, whenever we're doing whites, or the stain cycle. This helps get rid of any gunk that might hang around between wash days.

    Now we don't always have a hot water wash everytime we do laundry, but by just wiping out the gasket and leaving the door open, we eliminated the odor issues completely.

    Frankly, the gasket shouldn't have to be wiped out when you're done washing, but that's a design issue that we've overcome with a simple washcloth. So just do these simple steps and you'll save yourself some frustration.

    We really like how clean our laundry gets with the front load washer and how little water is needed to do a load, so we've decided it's worth taking the time to wipe the gasket once we're done for the day, and to leave the door open to prevent any nasty odors.

    Hope you find this Very Helpful and best regards!

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    Clothes come out with stains on them

    I had a similar problem with my Kenmore front loader. Turned out that the rubber lining around the door was trapping dirty, soapy water causing a nasty residue to collect. That residue got onto the clothes. I cleaned the rubber liner and now keep the washer door open between uses. I still occasionally wipe down the rubber liner with a wet rag. Problem seems to have been solved.

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    more likely due to using liquid detergent - change to powder

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    Ruining cloths, leaves black stain.

    Black stains could only come from rubber part that is deteriorating. Need to check all hoses, rubber boot and at bearing seal.

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