There seems to be a continuous odor in the washer. I have cleaned out the lint trap several times located in the front of the washer. I have left the door open to vent but the stench is beyond description. It smells like when laundry has been left in the washer overnight and not dried. Fortunately when I wash the clothes don't pick up that smell but the stench afterwards is unreal. Is there anything that I need to do to get rid of the smell. When I drain the water from the lint trap in front there is no lint in the basket part and the amount of water that drains out is probably not more than a cup and a half but it is very murky and almost slimy in looks.
You're probably using too much soap and softner and it's building up inside the tub. Run the hotest wash you have without any clothes in the unit and add a little bleach. If you see bubbles in the water when it's running that's excess soap you're washing out. Do it over and over until the water stays clear and then start using less soap. It only needs about a tablespoon for a full load.
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Assuming the odor is not a burning rubber smell or some other type of odor caused by a mechanical malfunction:
Remove the bottom of the washer (three screws I believe and above the drawer if you have one) and then open up the drain pump catch and clean it. You may want to put down some towels or even a bowl to catch water that will spill out. There are videos on how to clean this on youtube "Whirlpool Duet Water Pump Drain Catch". I believe this will solve the problem.
One thing LG did was install a manual drain hose located in the bottom left corner where the lint trap is, you can pull out the small hose and drain the machine that way, also, leave the door open on the washer slightly, this will allow the unit to dry better and eliminate odor, another cheap cleaning and odor elimination, pour 1/2 cup of chlorine bleach into the drum (with out clothes) put it on a short was cycle, the bleach should clean any bacterial growth; make sure to only due a white wash following this procedure to make sure that any possible bleach remaining dosen't effect color clothers....
After the odor has been removed washing habits need to change so it doesn't return. Washing machine odor is caused by
1. Overuse of detergent. Use no more than 1 tbsp of whatever detergent is used (unless washing soiled clothing).
2. Using fabric softener because it's dispensed in the rinse cycle. Dryer sheets or dryer balls are better options. Dryer sheets can also be overused and coat the inside of the dryer with siliconized chemicals that cause clothing to retain odors. Sensors inside the dryer can also be affected. The sheets can be torn in half or thirds
3. Using mainly cold water for washing is fine but makes preventive maintenance important. A hot wash or soak as your last cycle on wash day will help to dissolve residue.
4. Many front loading washer have a filter/trap that will catch debris. A partially clogged filter/trap can cause draining problems and odor. Save money on appliance repair by cleaning it yourself. Consult your owner's manual for instruction.
I had this problem and I believe it is caused by slimy lint inside the hose that discharges the dirty water. I poured bleach in the hose and let it sit there for a while (the way the hose would normally curve prior to discharging into the slop sink). It has been good for about two weeks now.
The Duet has a filter trap that's pretty easy to clean. There could be debris catching residue and not allowing the washer to drain right. Remove the toe panel with a torx bit and turn the filter handlt to the left. Have towels handy because there is always a gallon or two of water left in washers after they drain! Cleaning the filter trap should be regarded as regular preventive maintenance.
Leaving the door open will actually make the problem worse because it dries out the odor-causing residue and makes it much harder to remove. If your washer stinks with the door open or shut it's time for a good cleaning before it gets worse! The area of heaviest buildup is always between the inner stainless tub and the outer plastic tub. After your washer has been cleaned you'll need to change your washing habits so odor doesn't return. If this doesn't remove bad odor you'll need a good washer cleaner.
It is normal for the washer to hold some residual water in the wash tub under the basket and in the drain lines. Because of this situation, it is also common for front loaders to smell mildewy. You may have to clean out the drain trap on the drain pump and/or the drain lines. But first, have you attempted to run a "cleaning" cycle on the washer? It is recommended that if you do not normally use hot water cycles that you run a cleaning cycle on the washer about once per week. Place the washer on the hottest setting you have and pour about a 1/2 cup of bleach through the dispenser into the wash tub. Allow the washer to run with no clothes like this until the cycle is completed. This will help in disinfecting the wash tub basin under the basket, the drain pump and drain lines. It is also recommended that when the washer is not in use that you leave the door slightly ajar to allow the wash tub to air out. I own a front loader and have never had a problem in the 7 years that I have owned it by following these simple steps. On newer models of the Duet and Kenmore Elite, there is now a "cleaning cycle" function on the timer to accommodate this feature. Now...if you try these steps and you still have an odor problem, try checking the drain trap for foreign objects. To access the drain trap you will need to remove the lower panel under the door. There are three 7mm screws holding it in place under the bottom edge. Once the panel is removed, the drain pump is located under the tub in the front-center of the washer. There is a screw off cap that you can remove for cleaning. It is recommended that you drain the residual water from the tub and drain lines BEFORE you remove the drain pump cap or you will have about a gallon of water to mop up. You can pull all the water from the washer by taking the drain line out of the standpipe and using a shop vac to drain the water. If you don't want a big mess to clean up this is a great time saver. I hope you find this information helpful. Post back with comments if you have any further questions/concerns.
Unfortunately, this is a common problem with front load style washers. Now...if you pull the rubber boot back where it meets the wash tub there should be several small holes that allow any residual water to drain back into the wash tub. If these holes become clogged with lint and/or debris water will accumulate and mildew. The best advice I can give you when it comes to this type of washer is to become diligent about ensuring nothing gets caught in the the seam of the rubber boot. Routinely inspect this area after each wash for loose items like socks and underwear. In addition, clean this area periodically. What I often recommemd to people is to wait until you get ready to do a load of towels and wash cloths. Clean this area with a dirty towel or wash rag and throw it into the wash to be cleaned. This way you don't have to worry about having any old rags lying around. If you are not in the habit of using hot water settings you should also run a cleaning cycle about once a week on the hottest setting available. Pour a small amount of bleach into the soap dispenser and run the unit with nothing in it. This will help in killing any bacteria. Some of the newer models have now been equipped with a "Clean" cycle just for this purpose. Due to the design of these washers they become breeding grounds for mildew because the wash tubs are dark and if you leave the door closed when not in use it seals out any air that could allow the tub to dry out. When you are not using the washer leave the door slightly ajar to allow the tub to air out. I hope you find this information is helpful. Post back with comments and let me know if this works for you, or if I need to give you better advice.
I did solve this problem. The hole where the water enters the fabric dispenser was clogged. I used a pipe cleaner and kept inserting it into the hole and pulling it out. Much gunk came out and the dispenser is working fine now.It was difficult to reach my hand in to insert the pipe cleqner but it worked,