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Standing water in the barrel

After the complete cycle of washing clothes, there is water remaining at the bottom of the barrel. This is detected when you manually spin the barrel and you can hear the water there. IS THIS NORMAL? I would think not, because if we leave the washer unattended for many days or weeks, this water would stagnate (mildew, etc.). ANY IDEAS?

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Some object like a coin is most likely stuck in the pump or drain hoses. There are several blogs on this site about how to easily fix this problem. No water should be left in the tub after shutdown. Do your research.

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Unfortunatly this is normal for the neptune washers and there is no solution other than to use the machine often so the water does not stagnate.

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

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