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Water can remain in ANY washer after the load is done. With a top-loading washer, it's easy to leave the lid up so that the water evaporates. With a front loader such as yours, however, the open door can take space in your laundry area, so we usually close the doors. I suggest that you take a dilute solution of chlorine bleach and water and put it on a disposable cloth and wipe down the inside of your washer as well as the areas around the door itself and the part of the washer that the door closes onto. Once you've done this, leave the door open until the smell dissipates OR overnight. If you will get into the habit of leaving the door open for a couple of hours after you're done with your laundry, you will probably solve the problem. I really hope this helps. If it does, please come back to Fixya and rate my solution.
My GE washer model wcvh6400j0ww was leaking. May be standing water under your machine. The repair person
thought the gasket. It turned out to be the water in-let
(WH41X10118 and you will need seal WH41X10119) and not the gasket. He
ordered the gasket and took machine apart to replace and found cracked
pipe. Take your machines front off and make sure it is the gasket
leaking. Good Luck,
This is a Maytagism for this style of washer. Quick solution... take a terry towel and wipe out the standing water in the front door seal area and when you're done, toss the towel into the wash load. Also make the loads a little smaller...it will keep the smell from reoccuring as much.
If the trap is fine I susupect your vent is probably restricted. If you have an inline vent ( a spring loaded rubber diaphram device at the top of the vent pipe) this part may have failed and need replacing if not have the plumber come out and rod the vent stack for the washer itself. If you are new to the area you may have a dual water system where the washer is ran off of a well and the rest of the house off a filtered source. The washer may have also been tied into a water header prior to the filtration system. In the Southern part of the US there are swampy areas that have shallow water wells that have a high sulfur content and give off the odor of rotten eggs, as I do not know your location this could be true also.
Hope this helps you.
Mold and bacteria in your door seal is a symptom of problems deeper inside the unit. All washers - not just Whirlpool, have this problem. The area of worst buildup is always on the inside of the plastic outer tub just above the normal waterline where suds and soiled water splash up and don't get rinsed out. To clean this problem area add 1 or 2 caps of smelly washer cleaner to a full load of laundry. The added bulk of the laundry will raise the water level to include the "splash area". Intermittently pause to soak more extreme cases.
While I do agree with eagle338 that water could be leaking from the fill hoses and the pump area, the rest of the instructions apply more for a top load Maytag washer, instead of the front load Whirlpool washer you reported.
Most likely you will have a hole in the front boot area (grey rubber seal around where the door seats). If you find such a leak, send me a note back and I'll write you up a how to to change it out.
The second most common source of leaks come from holes in the tub. This is the white outer part that holds most of the water in the machine. You will easily be able to see it when you remove the panel as listed above in the clarification instructions.
On rarer occasions, you can have something stuck in the fill tube that goes from the dispenser to the tub. Somehow small items become lodged in there. There will be a water inlet about the 10 o'clock position of your boot (grey rubber seal). Probe gently in there with your finger to see if a sock or similiar item got spun into this area.
I had similar problem, the front door seal can trap small items,socks,handtowels. I didnt figure this out for some months, each load of clothes had a foul, mildew smell, Check door seal for trapped clothes, run intermittent cycles with bleach only, no clothes, be sure to leave door open when not in use to air out , this will reduce smell.
Run it a couple times on hot water with bleach in it. Should help. Also run through with dishwasher detergent in it. This helps clean too. I leave door ajar to allow air in washer. You can also purchase cleaner just for this at parts place.