Question about Bosch WFMC 3200 Front Load Washer
I noticed an electrical/rubber odor after my last load completed. It was also making an unusual banging sound (i just figured it was out of balance so I didn't really pay close attention, and can't describe it). I cleaned the drain pump which smelled very foul, there was some **** built up but not an object causing an obstruction. I am hoping to troubleshoot the problem before having it fail during use. Any thoughts? It's about 12 years old and has been a great machine. I sure hope its not dying on me...
You have a drum roller that has a frozen bearing and needs to be replaced. The rubber smell is the wheel burning up.
Posted on Feb 12, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
i think you mean the (door seal), and yes they can be replaced and at little cost and little effort, with out knowing what model your machine is i cant give you an accurate price quote but should be able to pick one up for for next to nothing if you look around. happy to give instructions on how to replace the old one if needed.
Posted on Feb 22, 2008
It is not oil, but a build up of grease and living bacteria, caused by doing too many low temp washes.
The only permanent solution is to replace the door seal, and at least once a month, do a hot boil wash without clothes in, but with powder or detergent in as normal.
This is called a maintenance wash, and is now recommended by all manufactuers.
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Posted on May 13, 2009
Had the same thing. Managed to sort it out by checking a few things and getting my hands dirty.
First things first: Remove the rectangular fascia at the bottom front of the machine - on my model you only need a coin to turn the two plastic screws. Unclip the black rubber drain pipe, remove the plug from the end and drain the water into a bowl (or several bowls).
Then undo the round plug at the bottom left of the machine (more water will come out) which will give you access to the extractor pump. Check that there are no obstructions in there and that the small propeller in there can turn freely.
If there is no obstruction there then we move onto the next steps.
If you can figure out how to remove the front of the machine then you will find this part easier - I couldn't so I ended up reaching in from the back.
First, TURN OFF THE POWER. Then, on the front of the machine, on the bottom left, undo the screws that fasten the extractor pump onto the front of the machine. Then pull the machine out from the wall so that you can get to the back of it. Remove the back of the machine by taking out the ten or so screws.
Looking in from the back: At the bottom-front-right of the machine you will see the extractor pump. It will have two hoses attached to it - a fat one and a slightly thinner one. Reach into the bottom of the machine and remove the power plug from the back of the extractor pump. Then, using a pair of pliers (or something similar) to open the spring clip, remove the thinner of the two hoses (the drain hose) from the pump unit. This can be fiddly - especially if you're doing it from the back of the machine.
Pull the hose out of the machine and check it for obstructions. If there are no obstructions in there then move onto the next step.
Reach back into the machine and, again using the pliers, remove the fatter tube from the pump. Remove the pump from the machine and check it for obstructions in the entry and exit holes, and also make sure that the propeller isn't obstructed. Then shake and squeeze the fatter tube to see if there is an obstruction in there (I had about five quids worth of change stuck in there which was where my issue was located).
If you've found no obstruction by now I'm afraid that I'm stumped :-(
Best of luck.
Posted on Aug 19, 2009
First clean around the rubber with some mould and mildew cleaner for bathrooms - available from most supermarkets.
This is a natural accumulation of waste detergent, fabric softener, fibres and dirt build up that is being attacked by bacteria and eventually decomposes into a sludge / goo and then eventually starts smelling bad as well.
To keep the machine clean of waste build up and to keep any bad odours away:
1. Remove all items from the washer.
2. Open the dispenser drawer and 2/3 cup (160 mL) of liquid chlorine bleach to the bleach compartment. DO NOT use more than 2/3 cup (160mL) of bleach per cycle as this will lead to product damage.
3. Close the washer door and dispenser drawer.
4. Select the Clean Washer cycle or a full wash cotton 104 F wash (40 C). DO NOT use any higher temperature as this will cause unnecessary fumes
5. Press Start and allow cycle to complete.
6. After the cycle is complete, leave the door open slightly to allow ventilation and drying of the washer interior.
7. Repeat the cleaning procedure monthly
Posted on Oct 02, 2009
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