Question about Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer
Have a 2005 front-loader from Whirpool. Have noticed odor over several months - cleaned around gasket and drum interior and removed gunky black stuff (some mold) - had no access to any interior lint filter - thought it could be flushing back on the rinse cycle, or maybe a belt was wearing out and disintegrating? Found out yesterday that the front-loading machine is prone to mold build-up and the only way to clean it is to disassemble the machine ($300) clean and put back together. My manual has no reference to this problem, nor does it reference using anything to clean the interior of the tub other than wipe it down occassionally, which I normally do. The technician advised that using a machine tub cleaner would help. Used the tub cleaner three times as per instructions. Then did a load - the white were grey and totally covered in black mold specs - totally gross and in my opinion, the clothing were destroyed. Have tried vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and bleach.... the information that came with the machine should have alerted me to this potential problem so I could have avoided this situation and costs all together. I am ready to buy a new machine from a different manufacturer.
Posted in 2008
I've had my Duet for 5+ years with no odor until the past 6 months or so. Even changing to a more fragrant fabric softener didn't make my cleaned clothes and towels smell clean. I noticed it especially when I would grab my towel after a shower. For a while I thought someone else was using my towel and stinking it up. Then I realized it was the whole laundry. ( I was having my laundry done for me... otherwise I probably would have realized it sooner. After reading all the suggestions for resolving this sour odor I thought I would try some of the ideas suggested that I hadn't already tried. Then it dawned on me that about 6 months ago I switched from a powdered detergent (SA8, an Amwy/Quixtar product) and dryer sheets to a well-known well-ranked Liquid Detergent and a fabric softener. I only switched because my son like the way his friend's laundry smelled when he borrowed a shirt. I was using fragrance-free products. So I had fragrant laundry for a short time. Then it started to smell sour. Maybe this change was the cause. So I've ordered another box of the powdered detergent and I'm going back to dryer sheets.
In the meantime I'm still doing stinky laundry. Same day I order new detergent, I decide to wash a load with some very stained baseball pants. I sometimes use a small amount (1/4 cup) of Oxy Clean, with my detergent but I decided to go full-strength which on the box said 1 cup. Hot water wash. Put it in with the clothes. Same liquid detergent, no fabric softener. When I took out the laundry, for the first time in months, it smelled clean. No stale, sour odor. Next load, nice smell again. Decided to do one more load with 1 cup Oxy Clean again. I'm still going to switch back to the SA8 (which is by the way highly ranked by Consumer's reports) and dryer sheets.
By the way, a few weeks ago I had to disconect the water discharge line behind the washer. The sludgy goo that was in the line and machine where the two connected was disgusting, but didn't smell bad. I cleaned it out with my finger. Ugh!
So it's now several months later. My clothes smell clean, as does my washer. I switched to powder and only occasionally use liquid softener. Still occasionally use the full dose of Oxyclean with a hot load. I occasionally wipe down the door and seal... especially the bottom of the window, and always leave the door ajar when not in use.
Posted on May 31, 2009
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Saturate an old cloth with white vinegar. Alternatively, you might use petroleum jelly on the cloth to remove the mold.Pull the gasket out gently with your hands to reveal the mold and mildew buildup inside the folds of the gasket.Wipe the mold away from the gasket with the cloth. Continue working to wipe away all mold from the folds of the rubber gasket.Dry the folds of the gasket with a dry cloth when you finish removing the mold.Repeat this procedure at least once per month to prevent mold and mildew from forming. If you notice mold occurring more frequently, clean it off when you see it.
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