Question about Samsung WF337AA Front Load Washer
EVEN BY LEAVING DOOR OPEN,INSIDE THE DRUM AND SEAL STAYS DAMP AND SMELLS. OUTSIDE OF DRUM IS COATED WITH YELLOW BROWN WAXY LOOKING GOO, CAN ONLY WIPE SMALL AREA.
Posted by Anonymous on
I fixed the bad odor problem once and for all!
This problem is caused by mold and mildew growing in a large ventilation hose that runs from the top of the wash drum to a large vent hole in back of the machine.
To correct this problem you can buy a kit from http://washerfan.com/ or do the cheap fix like I did.
Step One: Find the vent grille on the upper left corner of the machine. Remove the machine top, only a couple small screws hold it on.
Step two: Remove the hose clamps that hold the hose to the drum and grille then snap out the plastic grille.
Step three: The grille is convex so I used a belt sander to make it flat then I took a computer case fan that was the same size as the grill and hot glued it to the plastic grille. I wired it to an old 12 Volt phone charger (12V 500 Ma) and made it blow air INTO the vent.
Step Four: Put everything back together and enjoy a stink free washer because the mold can no longer grow in that hose.
Note! You must bleach, clean and scrub that crud out of that large vent hose and it is some kind of gross! If you're allergic to mold please wear respiratory protection. My fan has been blowing air into the washer 24/7 for six months and I have seen those case fans run non stop for years. It it dies just snap the hot glue beads and put another fan on it. Total cost for the entire fix, about $10.00
Also note that you have to leave the door open a little bit for the air that blows in the back to blow out the front door.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: mildew smell in front loader
Yup! I have the same issue with a WE206BNW (Canadian model). Did the same thing - dried the water off the door and leave the door open when not using it. Sort of helped, but then I ran an empty light load with bleach through it - no clothes, just water. Helped a lot.
Posted on Jun 08, 2009
With the washer empty, put in a cup or two of bleach and then run a complete cycle with HOT water and the HIGHEST water level setting. When the agitation first starts, wait a couple minutes, then turn off the machine and let it soak with the bleachy water for about 20 minutes - then turn it back on and let it finish the cycle. If it's REALLY a strong smell, add some Simple Green, or some other NON-AMMONIA detergent to the bleaching process. (Mixing ammonia and bleach together is a MAJOR no-no. It gives off nerve toxins. Very bad.) If you can't find Simple Green, then add some dishwasher detergent. Not dish soap, like Dawn or Joy, dishWASHER detergent like Cascade or Electrasol.
That should help.
If it doesn't help, then unplug the machine, turn off the water supply, disconnect the hoses, and pull the machine away from the wall. Check UNDER the machine for the problem... If the machine, or the hoses, or the drain have been leaking, the mildew smell may be coming from your floor or walls as they rot... If that's the case, you'll have to find and fix the leak, and then repair your floor and/or walls.
Also, check your dryer vent connection... When your dryer is running, do you get hot, damp air coming out from behind it? If so, the vent pipe connecton may be loose, in which case you probably have a build up of dryer lint behind and under both macines.. This can be a fire hazard (especially if you have a gas dryer) and if combined with a little water from the washer, can start to mildew and smell. Reconnecting the dryer vent correctly and cleaning under both machines may solve the issue.
Hope that helps!
Posted on Jul 10, 2009
It may just be spilled soap/softener the escapes from the tray when you load the dispenser. Happens here regularly. We just wipe it down from time to time.
Hope this helped. --W/D--
Posted on Jul 26, 2009
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Hope your filter is clean. Don’t wait for the machine to jam to
look into your filter.
You can use Affresh to clean your front loader. Deposits of soap and other such things can be stuck around the inside tub of your washer. Try this product, it works great on all front loaders. Use very hot water with the Affresh pellet with no clothes and run the machine through a cycle. Also helps with any stagnant water smells. Put the Affresh pellet inside the machine, not in the soap dispenser.
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Posted on Jun 20, 2010
The first thing to do is to CHECK IN AND AROUND THE RUBBER DOOR BOOT (called a bellow) for small articles of clothing (like socks and underwear) that may have gotten lodged in behind the rubber. Pull the rubber back where it meets the wash tub and look behind it. It is common for small items to get stuck here, become forgotten and start to mildew. You should check this area after each wash and clean it periodically to get rid of the formation of soap scum, mold, and mildew. HINT: When you get ready to wash a load of towels, take a dirty towel and clean the door boot thoroughly (including the areas behind the rubber). Immediately place the towel in the wash and run it on a sanitary cycle. This way you eliminate the need for cleaning rags.
PERIODICALLY RUN THE WASHER ON A CLEANING CYCLE. Place the washer on the hottest setting you have (usually a Sanitary cycle) with nothing but bleach in the wash tub. Some newer models actually have a "Clean Cycle" available now just for this purpose. This helps keep the wash tub, drain lines and pump sanitized.
CHECK AND CLEAN THE DRAIN PUMP FILTER. Accumulations of debris in the drain pump filter can also cause odors. HINT: If you own a shop vac, pull the drain hose from the standpipe at the wall and pull a vacuum on the line. This will drain any residual water left in the tub, pump and drain lines BEFORE you remove the drain pump cover. This will prevent a messy clean up later.
LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN IF POSSIBLE. When not in use, leave the door open to allow the tub to air out and to keep mold and mildew from forming on the door bellow. I know this may not be desirable in some households with small children. If too much mildew forms on the rubber and it cannot be removed, replacement of the bellow may be required.
NOTE: This problem is common with front loader style washing machines. The doors on these machines have an air tight/water tight seal that is great for sealing the washer during the wash cycle, but can be terrible for collecting small garments and for not allowing the tub to properly air out when not in use. Following these simple preventive measures can go a long way towards preventing harmful mold and mildew, and towards extending the life of the door bellow and pump.
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Posted on Sep 28, 2010
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