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Seal on inside of door has mildew and smell bad.

Have trie3d to clean it . Help

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  • Atlanta Girl Feb 08, 2009

    Yes, it's awful. And our "clean cycle" with bleach doesn't work anymore so that doesn't help.

  • Anonymous Feb 24, 2009

    I have this same problem. I pulled back the gray rubber that is around the silver part (I don't know the name of it, ha ha) and found a bunch of black stuff caked onto it. It didn't smell and my clothes don't smell after cleaning, unless left in there for a while. But it still bothers me and I want to know how to fix this problem.

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PERIODICALLY RUN THE WASHER ON A CLEANING CYCLE. Place the washer on the hottest setting you have (usually a Sanitary cycle) with nothing but bleach in the wash tub. Some newer models actually have a "Clean Cycle" available now just for this purpose. This helps keep the wash tub, drain lines and pump sanitized.

CHECK AND CLEAN THE DRAIN PUMP FILTER. Accumulations of debris in the drain pump filter can also cause odors. HINT: If you own a shop vac, pull the drain hose from the standpipe at the wall and pull a vacuum on the line. This will drain any residual water left in the tub, pump and drain lines BEFORE you remove the drain pump cover. This will prevent a messy clean up later.

LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN IF POSSIBLE. When not in use, leave the door open to allow the tub to air out and to keep mold and mildew from forming on the door bellow. I know this may not be desirable in some households with small children. If too much mildew forms on the rubber and it cannot be removed, replacement of the bellow may be required.

NOTE: This problem is common with front loader style washing machines. The doors on these machines have an air tight/water tight seal that is great for sealing the washer during the wash cycle, but can be terrible for collecting small garments and for not allowing the tub to properly air out when not in use. Following these simple preventive measures can go a long way towards preventing harmful mold and mildew, and towards extending the life of the door bellow and pump.



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