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Odor in front loading duet washing machine

It smells all the time open closed after washing before washing. I am so frustrated. I use the e-soap as suggested and nothing makes a difference.especially my towles they smell as though they were never washed. the drun always smells bad even days after I have last used it. I need help

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  • kellyreh Jan 30, 2009

    I thank you very much guru. Your solution is helping cut down the odor. I had no idea there was an "under the bellows" and the gunk that was living there. I rarely use bleach or hot water on laundry. I will run a clean cycle with hot water and bleach regulary and clean underneath and hopefully the mold and mildew odor will end because I love my duet front loader. Thanks again kellyreh

  • hogan527 Feb 17, 2009

    I miss the smell of clean laundry. I have to wash on hot/sanitary cycle to remove the odor that my washer puts in and then that ruins clothes and does not always solve the problem. Why does my machine make my clothes smell worse than they did while dirty? What can I do? I use the hot water cycles all the time so that is not the problem. How can I clean the mildew if that is what it is? HELP!!

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The following link explains how to minimize wash tub odor, and what generally can cause it:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r513372-front_loader_mildew_odor

I personally own one of these washers and have followed this same regiment since I purchased it new 9 years ago. I have never had a mildew or odor problem. Consumers that are not in the habit of using hot water very often will also run into odor and mildew problems, because detergent alone does not always kill bacteria. It is recommended that you run a "Clean Cycle" from time to time, to sanitize. Some newer models have a clean cycle added on the control panel.

NOTE: It is normal to have residual water in the drain lines and in the drain pump. If you need to clean, or check the drain pump, please follow the advice in this next link:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r385845-checking_drain_pump_in_whirlpool_duet

Debris caught in the drain pump reservoir can often cause some unwanted odors.

If the rubber door bellow develops mildew and mold, use a non abrasive pad (the little green pads are considered non-abrasive) and scrub the rubber with bleach diluted with water (50/50 mix). This will often kill and remove unwanted mold and mildew. If the door bellow becomes embedded with mold or mildew, it may have to be replaced in order to get rid of it.

If you establish and maintain a diligent routine, these washers will not mold or smell. Often what seems to be a dream appliance that is supposed to make your life easier, may actually require more attention in order to maintain it properly.

If you have questions or comments, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

Posted on Jan 27, 2009

  • Jeff Rockwell
    Jeff Rockwell Jan 31, 2009

    Kellyreh,



    Thank you for the postive feedback. Keep in mind, this is a problem that will GRADUALLY get better over time. The instructions I gave you will not "cure" the problem unless it is done consistently.

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