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Re: Gunk in Front Loader
If you are talking about the gunk build up around the rubber DOOR BOOT, that is actually a common problem. You can take some cleaning rags with some bleach spray and wipe thoroughly around the entire door boot. Make sure you clean the rubber boot as well. About once a week you should run the machine with no clothes in it on the hottest cycle you have. Add some bleach in the dispenser and allow the machine to complete the cycle. This will kill any bacteria that is left inside the drum and drain lines. Now, preventing the problem from coming back will take a little diligence on your part. Routinely, clean the the door area as needed and LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN between washes. Because of the nature of these machines, the door seals tight and the drum is dark. This allows the build up of mildew over a period of time, because the tub is never allowed to dry out. A little water in the bottom of the drum is normal, but the door area needs to dry. I hope this is the problem you are describing and I hope this may help you.
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Oil cannot get on clothes from a front loader . It's probably the liquid fabric softener you are using . Either try a different brand , use dryer sheets instead , or make sure the water temperature is correct for the softner . Also check the front drum seal , for built up , undisolved softner , collecting " gunk " which may be getting on the clothes .
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If the machine will stop filling when you turn off the power to it:
Remove the tube which runs from the lower area of the tub up towards the water level switch. Cut off about two inches, or clean out the build up of gunk inside the tub end of the tube and poke a wire into the tub side of where it came off of to clean that out too. In the future, every few months run a load with no clothes, the hottest water your machine delivers, lowest water level, with several cups of regular liquid bleach added. This will help prevent the gunk from building up again.
If turning off power to the machine does not stop water from filling: Replace inlet water valve which is not sealing off completely
We went through the whole "clean the soap dispenser" deal and results were the same. Exploratory surgery revealed that the Prewash hose (for lack of better term), which connects from the top of the drum housing to the right side of the dispenser drawer (facing the machine)was completely clogged with gunk. Especially strange since we don't prewash hardly anything, ever. The hose that connects the bottom of the detergent dispenser with the side of the drum housing did have a lot of buildup, but I do not believe it was the cause because this was only happening on the rinse cycle. I also found the flow meter was frozen up.