Kenmore Series 70 has musty smell and sounds like water inside
I have a Kenmore series 70 washing machine and it recently has a musty smell coming from inside. The inside of the machine is completely dry and it appears to be working properly. I did howerver, open the lid and shake the drum around and could here water plashing around, but could not see anything. i then put the machine on spin cycle, let it run a few seconds and opened the door. when i did this i could hear water swishing around. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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The water will always be in there. It is in between the basket and the drum. That is normal. However if you want to get rid of the musty smell there is a good tip that I have. You can find this on my profile too. Just take about a cup of white vinegar and put it in the drum and wash on hot heavy load. This will clean the tub and all hoses as well. You can do this every few months or even every month if you do a lot of laundry. Put some vinegar into the bleach dispenser too and the fabric softener area as well. This way you will clean everything. It is much cheaper then going out and buying that expensive cleaner made for washing machines. Let me know if you have any other questions and if this was helpful. Good luck and have a great weekend.
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there is dirty water still in the m/c do a boil wash with nothing in it buy some nice smelling conditiner and poor some of that in it also this is a tip from my mam leave the door open when not in use to let the insides dry out
The smell usually comes
when the washer is unable to drain water completely, you can run your washer at
its hottest temperature setting with 1 cup of vinegar inside the unit. After
this take off the bottom front panel and clean it completely, also clean the
drain hose and drain pump filter, the smell should disappear after doing all
this. Hope this helps...please post back for further assistance.
Step one: Identify the source. Try switching to a high efficiency powder detergent instead of liquid. (Suds collect in nooks and crannies.)
Step two: Clean. First wipe the inside of the washer, especially the area where the door seals to the inside. Mold can collect around the insides and folds of the rubber seals. Get in there and make sure you cleaned it all. You could use bleach or Pinesol. Step three: Use a quarter cup of dish washing detergent (powder is best, liquid if you must), along with a towel. Put the machine on the "sanitary" (hottest water) setting. Let it finish its cycle. This should get rid of the mold completely. Step four: Leave the door open between wash loads. This will decrease the mold build-up as it allows the tub to dry completely NOTE: IT WILL TAKE 2-3 WASHINGS TO TOTALLY RID THE CLOTHES OF THE MUSTY SMELL. Hope it helps!
When a moldy or musty smell develops in a washing machine, many times
the smell is coming from the open areas of the agitator. Water along
with soap and/or liquid softener sometimes splashes into an open
agitator, and when the lid is closed it does not dry out. Instead, mold
begins to form, and a musty smell wafts from inside the machine, even
after the lid has been opened for an extended period of time. Until the
mold is removed the washing machine will continue to smell bad, even if
it is used and allowed to air dry with the lid open.The tub can also be the source of the smell. Lint can gather and collect
in the holes, and when it does not dry fast enough it ends up smelling
musty and moldy. Even the top of the rim can become moldy and musty, but
proper cleaning can get rid of the odor.
So that said.To clean the machine,fill to just above the top row of holes in the tub.Add 2 cups of bleach.Let sit for 1-2 hours.Then let the machine run it`s wash cycle.Lastly use bleach water and a rag to wipe the machine down inside and out.If the agitator has a cup on top remove and clean with bleach.Leave the top open so the machine can dry.
Now it should smell better,if so use as normal,and leave the lid open when not in use.
Use a wet/dry shop vac to clean out the strainer and drain from the inside of your machine. A musty smell is a sure sign that food particles have clogged your drain BUT can also mean that your wash/spray heads have become clogged as well. Use a pipe cleaner on the spray heads and run water over the jets to make particles flow to the big hole in the center of your wash heads, then reassemble. Don't forget to put those little plastic looking rings back exactly the way you found them or your wash heads wont turn properly. They are usually made of teflon to lubricate the spray heads.
The electric motor my have failed or a part called a capacitor could be the problem?
The capacitor is part of the starting circuit of the electric motor, if this fails the motor will not start therefore the washing machine won't spin or agitate.
This is a fairly common problem that often arises when the majority of washes are done with cold water.
Do what is called a maintenance wash where you set the machine to run with hot water and maximum fill of water. Add one half cup of baking soda and let it run through it's entire cycle with absolutely no clothes in it.
After it completes its full cycle check for that bad odor. If it is fully gone wonderful. If it is half as bad do a second maintenance wash.
If the maintenance wash doesnt seem to help at alll get back to me and I will make another recommendation.