I have a maytag model no.LAT2301AAE. For about a month now my washer has been putting off a strong mildew odor. I have ran bleach through it, cleaned all the drain lines. Even tore the top of the basket apart and cleaned it. The only thing I haven't done is take the agitator and drum out to see if a wash cloth or sock has got stuck in there, if that is even possible.
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if you look inside washer there is a rubber rim on the inside around the openning. Look inside and you will find where the stink is coming from. Keep door open when not in use and wipe inside of rubber trim to keep the mildew out.
are you useing he detergent? if not this is your problem the washer cannot get ride of the soap so what it does is leave a layer of film in your washer and odor causeing bacteria forms in it. There is a product called AFFRESH you can buy it at SEARS it is made specifically for this. Do you leave the door open ragularly? The reason I am asking is because your washer is like your bathroom if you do not ventilate it properly it will grow mold and it needs to be cleaned. By leaving the door closed all the time it is very easy for the bacteria to grow. So my advice is to leave the door open, make sure you are useing the correct soap (HE) high efficiancy soap, clean the washer with no clothes hot water and bleach and use the affresh or washer magic. Since you can smell the smell you are going to have to keep cleaning it abouit 2-3 times a month till it goes away. Then once a month. This is not a machanical problem or a whirlpool problem and is very commen in ALL front loader if you do not clean it regularly.
How old of a unit? The new high energy effeciency washers are known for their "odors" due to the fact they dont drain out all water and it can mildew inside. Some solutions...leave door ajar after wash cycles , water will evaporate, there is products you can add every so many loads, one product being "affresh" ,,,some other people will run strong bleach load every so many loads it will kill mildew. These washeres have been out for years in Europe and they have same problems, its just inherent with product
Same here. We bought ours January 2005. Love the machines and take great care of them, too. Then the smell in the washer which seemed to affect certain clothes, like thick sweat pants and t-shirts (they smelled really "sour"). After doing some searches I found on this site where someone had recommended using a product called Affresh. I figured I might as well try it since my other attempts failed. This really worked for me. I bought it at Home Depot for $7 for a pkg of 3. I used 3 tablets per their directions, as this was my first time using it (afterwards they recommend using only 1 tablet per month). I was totally amazed as the smell was gone. I hope it works for you, too!
These are recommendations provided by the manufacturer. Most important of all, keep the rubber bellow clean and clear of debris and make sure you leave the door slightly open when not in use. This will minimize the build up of any mold or mildew and allow the tub to air out. The odor typically comes from the the residual water that stays in the wash tub under the basket and small articles of clothing getting stuck in the rubber folds of the door bellow. (I once found 17 socks stuck in a customer's washer and they wondered why it smelled so bad). NOTE: It is NORMAL to have residual water in the wash tub. If you do not routinely use a hot water setting, run the washer on a sanitary cycle about once a week, or so, with a small amount of bleach to get rid of any bacteria. Since some users conserve and only wash in cold water, they do not bacteria get rid of any bacteria inside the wash tub. I personally own one of these washers and have never had any odor or mildew problems in 8 years by following this simple advice. If you have any further questions/concerns please let me know. I hope this helps you.
You will have take it apart, removing the wash tub and all top plastic parts. I just finished taking mine apart do to a mouse that chewed a larg hole in my water tub, and notice tons if old gunk mold and build up. It smells and will not go away unless you scrub it. Sorry to say it is all internal pouring clensers will only wash thru the tubes.
Let me add...I was having a problem with the washer draining. I followed these instructions http://www.fixya.com/support/r385845-checking_drain_pump_in_whirlpool_duet from this website. I found two socks and they were extremely mildewed and the junk that came out smelled. It may be worth it to check and see if there is something in the pump. It wasn't very hard to do. Let me reiterate something that was mentioned...if your washer is not in a garage or somewhere you don't mind a good bit of smelly water leaking out...definitely use a shop vac first.
Depending on how old it is, you should just be able to repair the unit if you have the will-to-do. The smell more than likely is coming from a possible mildew growth inside the machine. Sometimes you can remove the inner basket and clean the inner and outer baskets. If you can find the leak (which on older models shouldn't be to hard to do), you should be able to correct pretty easy. Be sure to check hose coming off water mixing valve and the smaller tube for the water level switch (will run off of outer basket up to console). Be sure that hose doesnt come off because washer will keep on filling (and it will to). If you get leak stopped, try getting some strong bleach, and washing a "no-load" a couple of times at high level in hot water. This may get rid of the problem. Jim