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Duet washer has a strong odor when draining

Sufer smell when draining

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You might be getting "sewer gases" from your drain, but most likely your washer is the cause of the odors.
does it also smell musty when you get your clothes out?
whirlpool makes a product called "affresh" that is specially designed to clean out the residues from a front load washer.
you can find them at sears or lowes and the come in a package of 3 tablets. run a tablet on the clean cycle or on whitest whites or the longest cycle you can choose, use hot water and a second rinse option.
also to prevent this odor in the future make sure you are using only HE type soap and dont use too much. the least amount should do well to clean any clothes.

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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.

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