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Kenmore Washer will not drain completely

The washer has a mildew-y smell because the water will not drain out of the washer completely.

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Some machines don`t drain all the water out.
Is it your pipe which goes from the washer to the drain.
These pipes can get very smelly.
I suggest that you just run some soda crystals through the machine on a hot wash cycle.
please try this and let me know what happens
best of luck

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