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Musty odor My washer also smells musty, and in addition to the water in the rubber ring area there is "smudge" which I've tried to remove, but it is diffiuclt to get under the rubber gasket. Did the bicarbonate solution offered previously work???

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Re: Musty odor

Its probably your water. do you have hard water? is there a sulfur smell? its the water.

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Re: Musty odor

Washer tub is probably very dirty from excess soap suds.  These washers have no way of cleaning rinsing themselves off so they will have to be disassembled and cleaned out to remove the odor.  That's about a 2 to 3 hour job.  Be sure to replace the rubber seal and the shaft seal to prevent leaks.

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