Water seems to get trapped in the rubber lining around the door and just reeks. Even when I wipe it out and clean it, it still smells horrible. Also, where you put the detergents and fabric softener in becomes totally moldy and is very difficult to clean thoroughly.
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Re: It STINKS and MOLDS!!!
There is nothing you can do about this, for this is a design flaw. You can however get an LG replacement for such models at any washer spares store, but make sure it is the new design which does not trap muck.
RepairClinic.com (which is good) espares.co.uk AppliancePartsPros.com
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There is a cleaning process for those and you should perform it frequently. First you wipe the whole inner seal around the door underneath and next to the drum,. Then you put one cup of bleach in the drum and nothing else and set it on high temp and max load size and run it.
Your washer is not smelling so clean and you wonder first why it is like this and then how can I fix it?
With the popularity of the front load washer and the low water usage associated with then comes other problems. Because of the low water consumption the dirt grime and residue that would normally be totally washed away, some is left as a film in the washer. Cold water usage can contribute to this by adding to this film. The make up of certain commercial fabric softeners and detergents can make the problem worse by giving the bugs food. Animal fats in some products are great food for the molds and mildew.
Some washers also let a bit of water lay in them after the wash this gives moisture which also helps to grow molds and mildew. When you close the door tightly after washing, this traps all the water in the washer and prevents the rubber door gasket, the soap dispenser, and other parts of the washer from drying out.
Here are some things you can do to prevent these problems.
Always leave the door to your washer open after use. Leave the dispenser drawer open also. Use liquid detergents instead of powdered, they will leave less film Use the minimum detergent possible to get your clothes clean, more is not always better. Use fabric softener sheets in your dryer instead of the washer liquid. Check that ALL clothing is removed from the washer. Periodically wipe down the rubber door gasket and check for mold or stuck socks Use hot water when practical, like when washing whites. This will help remove the film.
If you have a problem here is what you can do to help fix it.
Wipe everything down with a solution of vinegar water. Pour vinegar into the dispenser drawers. Then add ½ cup of vinegar to your washer and run through a clean cycle with hot water.
You can periodically add the vinegar to your wash load to help keep things under control. This will naturally disinfect and clean your washer while you are doing your regular wash. This is especially good to use if you will not be using your washer for a few days again. The residue of vinegar in the washer will help to control the smell and mold formation.
If you are buying a new washer, do some research before buying. Some machines are more prone to this problem then others. A bit of research may help you to aoivd the headaches of having a washer with this problem.
Don't use eucalyptus oil, because it will damage the rubber, and the smell will linger.
The black mould should be wiped off using a damp soft cloth and mild detergent. Diluted bleach (1 part in 10 parts cold water) can also be used, with care (wear gloves); don't use full-strength bleach, because it can damage rubber and corrode metal. Leave the door and detergent drawer open between washes and overnight to keep air circulating through the machine. This will slow down the regrowth of mould. For further improvement, wipe the seal dry after each use of the machine. If your laundry room remains steamy or damp for hours after washing, improve the ventilation
Yes it can be replaced - a bit tech savvy to do, the reasons for these awful odour is that you have not/ did not know a need to run a hot wash (60 - 75 deg) cycles on a regular basis, although these monkeys that sell the machines should inform/advice you the customer that a once/twice a week cycle to eliminate the molds be recommended.
Unfortunately when it gets to the beyond stage the odour has embedded into the rubber & vitually impossible to remove.
I had a similar problem with my Kenmore front loader. Turned out that the rubber lining around the door was trapping dirty, soapy water causing a nasty residue to collect. That residue got onto the clothes. I cleaned the rubber liner and now keep the washer door open between uses. I still occasionally wipe down the rubber liner with a wet rag. Problem seems to have been solved.
Try getting the new whirlpool affresh washer tablets. They clean the mold and are supposed to make everything in the washer smell better and keep it clean. They are only around 10 bucks and is worth a shot to clean your smelly drain.
Wipe out the door (inside the door-pull the rubber back with a javex cloth or something all around the ring). Buy Affresh.........do three loads on the hottest cycle (still wiping all the **** out after each wash) each with an Affresh tablet. If you can't get it......pour a cup of Javex in the bleach dispenser and do as above.
This is the fix for the HE3T Sears front loading washing machine with a bad odor problem.
We HAD this same problem but now it is fixed. You don't need to call the repair man, it's just a waste of time, money and endless frustration.
9/32 socket or T-20 torx head bit.
Bunch of rags you don't want when you're all finished.
*****UN-PLUG THE WASHER******
Lay on the floor in front of the washer and look under the lower panel. You will see three silver colored torx head screws, one on the left, right and center. Loosen these up with your socket or torx head wrench. Remove the lower front cover and set it aside.
See all the wires? Did you make sure to UN-PLUG the washer?
Now look at the center of the bottom of the washer. You will notice a white cylindrical contraption. This is a drain trap where all of the junk from your washer gets hung up so it won't clog up the water pump that discharges the water from your washer. On the front of this drain trap is an access cap. BEFORE you open this place the rags under the trap, along the sides and under the washer. Trust me, you'll thank me later. Now open the drain trap access cap by turning it counter clockwise. Be prepared for some smelly water to come out, probably 1-2 cups worth. Once the water is drained, pull the trap completely out. You'll find the reason your washer stinks in the trap. We had a blob of black goo and a security label from an article of clothing we bought. That was the culprit. The drain trap was "trapping" all of this junk and getting real funky.
Now clean the drain trap out with hot soapy water and a little bleach. Clean out the cylinder where the drain was. Wipe it out with a rag soaked in bleach and soap. Once everything is clean, replace the drain trap and tighten it down. Do not over tighten this or the seal may leak.
Replace the front cover and the three torx head screws.
Plug the washer back in.
Run the washer through the SANITARY CYCLE with bleach.
Your problem is solved