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Last few weeks there is a foul odor coming from the washer

Bad odor during the hot cycle

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  • julia_lyles May 22, 2009

    the unit is 3 years old and this just started in the last 2 months. I usualy allow the dooor to remain open so that no moisture will stay in the drum, and clean the comparment where all the detergent and fabric softner is loaded, on a monthly basis. I have even run a bacterial level hot cycle through and the smelll returned.

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How old of a unit? The new high energy effeciency washers are known for their "odors" due to the fact they dont drain out all water and it can mildew inside. Some solutions...leave door ajar after wash cycles , water will evaporate, there is products you can add every so many loads, one product being "affresh" ,,,some other people will run strong bleach load every so many loads it will kill mildew. These washeres have been out for years in Europe and they have same problems, its just inherent with product

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  • j2sonke May 22, 2009

    do you see any discoloration around boot at door? is this only on a warm cycle?

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