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Buildup/smell inside washer

I can see black colored buildup inside the washer/around the rim inside and it smells too. What is the best way to clean this? By hand with some sort of cleaner or can I run the washer with a chemical to clean it regularly?

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  • Hi,

  • Try this..

  • Check that the drain line is clear
  • Check the drain hose for kinks or blockages
  • Check pump for blockages
  • Check for build up of soap in the outer tub
  • Check for article of clothing stuck in the outer tub
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Posted on Apr 14, 2009

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