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Mold on rubber around door

Hi - My husband is wondering if we need a technician to replace the rubber molding around the door of our washer or if this is something that he can do himself. Also, when I do laundry, we sometimes get a terrible smell in the house and it's only been since we've had the front load washing machines. Any ideas on what this might be? Thanks

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Re: Mold on rubber around door

I would follow the above steps plus mix a solution of one part bleach to three parts water and thoroughly clean the door once the rubber is removed. Install the new piece and run an empty cycle on hot. That should do the trick. Make sure when he handles the contaminated piece he wears gloves, and dispose of it outside.

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Re: Mold on rubber around door

Yes he can change it himself just make a note of how it comes off and then reverse the process when refitting, the black is caued by damp and residue detergent, try doing a very hoy wash occasionally this will prevent this happening, it should also cure the stale smell that you get from the machine.

Posted on Sep 01, 2007

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