Question about Frigidaire ATF6000ES Front Load Washer
My washer STINKS! I have four children and do a lot of laundry but I am always careful to remove items quickly and then send them along to the dryer etc. This weekend... I cam across a TERRIBLE smell -musty and damp but really WORSE. The entire load smelled - I have run the same load three times to get the "best" result I could. My sister warned me about this - but I had always been so lucky... WHAT DO I DO? I am getting the same musty smell coming from the washer. I did notice on one load that I did on the weekend, the clothes acutally smelt musty too! I would never recommend buying this type of washer or would never buy another one myself.
I have the same problem with my machine. Also a frigidaire. After speaking with many repair people apparantly this is a common issue. With mine the gasket that seals around the door has separated completely from the machine and you can literally lift is away. If you pull it back you can run your finger along the metal of the machine and lift of soft black mold. I am in the midst of trying to get my machine replaced with another brand under warranty. This has actually caused severe allergic reactions to my family and took over 6 months to find.
Posted on Jul 31, 2009
Many newer front loading washers have a cleaning cycle for cleaning the washer itself. From looking at the manual for yours, it appears it does not. You can do the following, however, to accomplish the same thing by doing the following:
-Close the door with an empty washer
-Set the controls as follows:
Dial to "Heavy Duty"
Temp to "Hot/Cold"
Spin Speed can be any setting
Set Options to "Stain Clean"
Soil level to "Heavy"
Add only bleach in the section of the drawer marked for it.
This should bleach the entire innards of the machine and hopefully should kill off the musty smell. You may have to do this more than once to get rid of it completely.
Also remember the following:
-The musty smell could be coming from your water. Are you on well water? Did your water company recently change the sanitizer they are using? If on a municipal water system, do your neighbors have the same problem?
-You may want to leave the front door of the washer open when it is not being used to help prevent mildew from forming. Keep in mind that pets and small children may try to crawl in, so lock the controls or unplug the washer if you decide to go this route.
Hope this helps!
Posted on May 28, 2009
I had the same issue. Your rubber part [boot] in the front probably has mold in it. I had to replace mine part was $125 plus labor total about $260. You have to leave door open so access water does not just sit......problem solved. Mine smell funky fresh now. Do not over use liquid 1/2 to 3/4 cap.
Posted on Jul 27, 2009
Madam please check after water is drained it should be dryed very well so keep open the front door of the washer for atleast 2 hrs.and clean the drain filter once in 2 days.
Posted on May 28, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
what kind of washer?
all front load washers get this issue
the way to get rid of the smell is by doing an acid wash to your machine
set the washer to the highest temp setting (sanitize would be best)
mix in 1/2 to 2/3 cup of javex or white vinigar, either one will do it
run your washer through the longest cycle possible with no clothes in it
may need to be done more than once. and up to once a month
the smell is caused by leftover detergent and leftover fabric softner gathering on the interior shell and in the rubber boot at the door.
front load washers do not require much detergent at all, and even less fabric softner.
be careful on how much of these you are using, more is not better
this will help prevent the odor from comming back
as well when laundry is not being done, the front door should be left open a bit to allow air movement in the washer.
hope this helps
Posted on May 26, 2009
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