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Washer emits bad smelling odor

From time to time, my washer emits a terrible odor.  Is there a way to prevent this?  Is this typical?

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  • wlutz89 May 19, 2009

    Our Cabrio is a bit over one year old and we have used the "clean washer" setting w/ bleach and also used HE washer cleaner but the machine smells awful..it is almost a sulfur smell...very strong at times. On top of the darn F51 problems, I am really disappointed in this machine!

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SOURCE: Maytag Neptune washer has bad odor, city water.

There is no filter in your washer that would cover the odor issue.
The website link below will give you all the information concerning odors in a Maytag Washer

http://maytag.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/odors/p/293/r_id/108284/sno/1/search/1/session/L3NpZC9RRDdZdDhEag==

Posted on Jul 18, 2009

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SOURCE: The washer has a very bad odor. I have tried

thedrain has sludged up causing partial blockage. soap powders cause this . check the fall on your drainage. Either attempt self cleaning or get a drainage company to investigate.

Posted on Aug 14, 2009

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You have a build up of undesolved soaps in the system. Do 2 hot washes twice a day for maybe 3 days without washing in and no soap. Old soap needs to be desolved and drained away. See if there is a difference. Note, Put only 1/2 of the soap in and work from there.

Posted on Nov 13, 2009

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SOURCE: Terrible smell during washing cycle!

I am not a repair professional. I am just a 78 year old
man who has been making his own repairs for about
50 years. Therefore the washer ID doesn't mean
much to me. It's been about 55 years since I had
experience with front load washers. However I can
suggest you go to www.applianceaid.com where
they have very good trouble shooting and repair
information on front loaders. I think you'll find what
you need there. Good luck with it.

Posted on Nov 27, 2009

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SOURCE: Odor problems with whirlpool front load washer

Is the smell of mildew?

Run the washer on empty with beach and soap.

This is a common problem when the front door is left closed after use.

When the washer is not in use leave the front door cracked open. This will help in preventing mold & mildew.


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I am not a repair professional. I am just a 78 year old
man who has been making his own repairs for about
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experience with front load washers. However I can
suggest you go to www.applianceaid.com where
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