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Kenmore top loading washer holds water beneath the tank and it ends up smelling moldy, I have put 2 cups of bleach in the tank and let it fill with water and let it set several hours before going through a cycle but the smell continues. Is the water supposed to stay in the machine under the tank? Thank you for any assistance.

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  • jdesigns40 Apr 18, 2009

    I AM NOTICING A MOLDY/MUSTY SMELL IN MY KENMORE 70 SERIES WASHER. HOW DO WE GET RID OF THIS?

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