Question about LG WM-2277HW Front Load Washer
I have the same problem, my clothes don't stink, the filter and filter water don't smell.... and it is not mildew smell it is a bathroom smell. But while it is washing it smells, the smell goes away after it drains and is done spinning. It happens every time. Although there was one day that I did 4 loads of laundry in a row and the smell went away after the first 3 washes... so water maybe it sitting somewhere and stinky. But the clothes don't stink. WEIRD. Any Help Any one?
Unfortunately, a fetid smell to the output wash water is pretty common in front-loaders. Why front-loaders? I wish that I knew.
While my Whirlpool "Gallery" model was still in warranty, I had it checked several times without resolution, unhappily.
WHAT TO DO? Well, the idea of having stinking water "wash" my clothes was just too much to bear, so although I've been unable to unmask and solve the root problem, I have at least developed a technique that eliminates the symptom.
Before we get to it though, I want to address (as another writer already has) the matter of having a proper drain "trap," sometimes described as a U-shaped piece of pipe. Every sink and toilet in your home incorporates a trap that makes use of standing water (at the bottom of the "U") to serve as a barrier against sewer smells. It is possible, I suppose, that if your machine's waste water outflow was plumbed directly into a drain by an unlicensed handyman, a proper trap was not installed. In that case, a foul sewer smell might find its way back to your machine. Note: If your machine empties into a sink rather than directly into a drain pipe, the lack of a trap is not your problem.
Now that we've dispensed with that possibility, I offer this more likely scenario:
Washers rarely manage to empty all of their wash- and rinse-water. Some remains in a "sump" at the bottom of the machine---and stagnates there until the machine's next use. Over a period of a few days, a pretty nasty smell can build up--but generally NOT in the washing drum; rather, the smell is confined to the draining water and it's most noticeable if the machine drains into an open sink. And in my experience the smelliness of the effluent is limited to the very first drain cycle.
I suspect that the problem with the odoriferous water in the sump stems from the fact that organic compounds are present in a lot of the laundry chemicals that we use--most notably fabric softener, which contains emulsified vegetable or animal fats. A nice warm, wet, dark sump makes for a great smelly microbe growth environment!
In any case, here's a SOLUTION. I've learned to be practical about this matter. I haven't tried to engineer-out the problem. Then again, neither has the manufacturer, it seems. But here's how to rid yourself of the spooky problem of running a washing machine that smells at times like a toilet:
[1.] If your washer hasn't been used in a while (my rule is 24 hours; decide what works best in your situation), BEFORE you put any clothes in, start the washer so it fills for about 15 seconds.
[2.] Then advance the timer to a "drain" cycle. (Depending on the washer's controls, it may take you a few tries until you get the hang of this; your patience will be rewarded!) At this point you can expect to drain some very smelly water.
You have thus succeeded in clearing the machine of the foul stagnant waste water. You may toss in your laundry, choose your wash setting, and be confident that none of that water has contacted your family's clothes.
The two-step process is simple, takes little more than a minute, and probably consumes about two gallons of water. I view it as a pretty minor inconvenience in view of the benefit!
Note: If you are especially fastidious, in step #1 above, you can add a couple of ounces of any household cleaner that's labeled as being safe and helpful as a laundry detergent booster to the fill water. It will improve the "fragrance" of the effluent. I do NOT recommend using bleach as a sanitizer, as its residue might result in fabric discoloration.
Posted on Nov 26, 2014
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