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Washer not draining - foul smell

Thanks for the information. Was able to find the filter, clean it out, and get my washer back to normal - even found a much missed pair of earrings in filter!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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It is so nice to get positive feedback from the people we work so diligently to help. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! And enjoy those earrings!!

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We have a Hotpoint washer dryer, not even a year old. If I put the clothes on a wash they smell fine but whenever I use the dryer too they come out smelling unwashed. It's not really a mouldy or fusty...


Hi from retired Englishman in SW France,
(this is pre-typed to cover all sorts and sources of bad smells!)

Bad odours could be coming from a few places.
  1. the plumbing u-bend of the washer's room or
  2. the fact that there is 'foul' water being left in the drum.
  3. No washes at 90 degree+ !
I would suggest checking the plumbing u-bend for trouble first, then following the notes on checking and cleaning the drain filter and the drain pump to ensure there is nothing 'obnoxious' hanging around the two of them! Finally run the occasional 90+ wash, or use specialised lower temperature powder/fluid, to kill bacteria.
Here are my complete and general guidance notes for checking both the drain motor filter and the drain motor ;-0)
If you are unsure where the filter is, it is often behind the front lower (kick) panel (or in some machines at the rear in an awkward position!). These panels are either held on by (plasic) screws or will just pull off. Most filters are held in by a round cover/knob. Sometimes the filter will not come out with the cover and you will have to persuade it to come out to play.

REMOVE POWER AND ENSURE YOU HAVE A WATER RECEPTACLE/RAGS TO SOAK UP THE WATER WHICH IS BOUND TO POUR OUT (alternatively use a wet vac as sensibly suggested by VinnyB1234!)
It's surprising what people have found in theirs! It is always worthwhile checking it on a regular basis.
Now- whilst the filter is removed it is normally possible to see the drain motor and ensure it is not jammed by a foreign object such as a needle or a toothpick. It should be able to be turned by hand/finger- the power IS OFF!
At this point it is also possible to test if the motor works. No clothes or water in the machine, select a spin cycle and put the power back on. You should be able to see the motor turning at some point, possibly straight away. Using something suitable like a glove see if it is easy to briefly slow the motor down. If it is easy then the motor is malfunctioning.

If this has assisted you please consider a 4 thumbs up for the rating.
Thanks and good luck,
John C

Sep 15, 2011 | Washing Machines

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Smells nasty - have tried cleaning but still smells even after wah cycle.


Hi Jenny from retired Englishman in SW France,
(many, many postings like yours so the following I have pre-typed!)

Bad odours could be coming from a few places.
  1. the plumbing u-bend of the washer's room or
  2. the fact that there is 'foul' water being left in the drum.
  3. No washes at 90 degree+ !
I would suggest checking the plumbing u-bend for trouble first, then following the notes on checking and cleaning the drain filter and the drain pump to ensure there is nothing 'obnoxious' hanging around the two of them! Finally run the occasional 90+ wash to kill bacteria.
Here are my complete and general guidance notes for checking both the drain motor filter and the drain motor ;-0)
If you are unsure where the filter is, it is often behind the front lower (kick) panel (or in some machines at the rear in an awkward position!). These panels are either held on by (plasic) screws or will just pull off. Most filters are held in by a round cover/knob. Sometimes the filter will not come out with the cover and you will have to persuade it to come out to play.

REMOVE POWER AND ENSURE YOU HAVE A WATER RECEPTACLE/RAGS TO SOAK UP THE WATER WHICH IS BOUND TO POUR OUT (alternatively use a wet vac as sensibly suggested by VinnyB1234!)
It's surprising what people have found in theirs! It is always worthwhile checking it on a regular basis.
Now- whilst the filter is removed it is normally possible to see the drain motor and ensure it is not jammed by a foreign object such as a needle or a toothpick. It should be able to be turned by hand/finger- the power IS OFF!
At this point it is also possible to test if the motor works. No clothes or water in the machine, select a spin cycle and put the power back on. You should be able to see the motor turning at some point, possibly straight away. Using something suitable like a glove see if it is easy to briefly slow the motor down. If it is easy then the motor is malfunctioning
.
If this has assisted you please consider a 4 thumbs up for the rating.
Thanks and good luck,
John C

Sep 04, 2011 | Miele Washing Machines

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My washing machine sounds like it still has water in it when i spin it and it smells musty


Hi

The smell usually comes when the washer is unable to drain water completely, you can run your washer at its hottest temperature setting with 1 cup of vinegar inside the unit. After this take off the bottom front panel and clean it completely, also clean the drain hose and drain pump filter, the smell should disappear after doing all this. Hope this helps...please post back for further assistance.

Daniel

Aug 28, 2011 | Maytag Neptune MAH5500B Front Load Washer

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My Kenmore model # 110.25842400 smells like stagnated water, very foul. I use the washer often but the smell won't go away' I have used washer cleaner, it works for a very short time.


Hi from retired Englishman in SW France,

Bad odours could be coming from a couple of places.
  1. the plumbing u-bend or
  2. the fact that there is 'foul' water being left in the drum.
I would suggest checking the plumbing u-bend for trouble first, then following the notes on checking and cleaning the drain filter and the drain pump to ensure there is nothing 'obnoxious' hanging around the two of them!

Here are my complete and generic guidance notes for checking both the drain motor filter and the drain motor ;-0)
If you are unsure where the filter is, it is often behind the front lower (kick) panel (or in some machines at the rear in an awkward position!). These panels are either held on by (plasic) screws or will just pull off. Most filters are held in by a round cover/knob. Sometimes the filter will not come out with the cover and you will have to persuade it to come out to play.

REMOVE POWER AND ENSURE YOU HAVE A WATER RECEPTACLE/RAGS TO SOAK UP THE WATER WHICH IS BOUND TO POUR OUT (alternatively use a wet vac as sensibly suggested by VinnyB1234!)
It's surprising what people have found in theirs! It is always worthwhile checking it on a regular basis.
Now- whilst the filter is removed it is normally possible to see the drain motor and ensure it is not jammed by a foreign object such as a needle or a toothpick. It should be able to be turned by hand/finger- the power IS OFF!
At this point it is also possible to test if the motor works. No clothes or water in the machine, select a spin cycle and put the power back on. You should be able to see the motor turning at some point, possibly straight away. Using something suitable like a glove see if it is easy to briefly slow the motor down. If it is easy then the motor is malfunctioning.???
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If this has assisted you please consider a 4 thumbs up for the rating.
Thanks and good luck,
John C

Jul 04, 2011 | Washing Machines

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My Neff washing machine model Series 4 W5420X0 is smelling badly. I always wipe the inside and door when finished and leave the door open for a while. I have even washed at 90 degrees when empty as...


Hi from retired Englishman in SW France,
Bad odours could be coming from a couple of places.
  1. the fact that there is 'foul' water being left in the drum or
  2. the plumbing u-bend.
I would suggest checking the plumbing u-bend for trouble first, then following the notes on checking and cleaning the drain filter and the drain pump to ensure there is nothing 'obnoxious' hanging around the two of them!
You could also run the contents of a proprietary washer cleaner/ de-scaler through the system- if only to clean the heater element.
Filter/pump
Here are my complete and generic guidance notes for checking both the drain motor filter and the drain motor ;-0)
If you are unsure where the filter is, it is often behind the front lower (kick) panel (or in some machines at the rear in an awkward position!). These panels are either held on by (plasic) screws or will just pull off. Most filters are held in by a round cover/knob. Sometimes the filter will not come out with the cover and you will have to persuade it to come out to play.

REMOVE POWER AND ENSURE YOU HAVE A WATER RECEPTACLE/RAGS TO SOAK UP THE WATER WHICH IS BOUND TO POUR OUT (alternatively use a wet vac as sensibly suggested by VinnyB1234!)
It's surprising what people have found in theirs! It is always worthwhile checking it on a regular basis.
Now- whilst the filter is removed it is normally possible to see the drain motor and ensure it is not jammed by a foreign object such as a needle or a toothpick. It should be able to be turned by hand/finger- the power IS OFF!
At this point it is also possible to test if the motor works. No clothes or water in the machine, select a spin cycle and put the power back on. You should be able to see the motor turning at some point, possibly straight away. Using something suitable like a glove see if it is easy to briefly slow the motor down. If it is easy then the motor is malfunctioning.
If this has assisted you please consider a 4 thumbs up for the rating.
Thanks and good luck,
John C

Jul 04, 2011 | Neff Washing Machines

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Clothes smell of mold...when not use after 1 to 2 day the washer smells of mold more..


Hi from retired Englishman in SW France @ 18:17 Sun evening.

I do not know your particular washer but here are 3 things to do-

1) check to see if your washer's waste water pipe shares a sink's plumbing- quite common. If so suspect bad smells from the sink's u-tube rather than direct from the washer. Use a drain cleaner anyway even if it doesn't share and NO, I do not earn commision!!!

REMOVE POWER AND HAVE A WATER RECEPTACLE AND/OR RAGS AT HAND!

2) check, and clean if necessary, the machine's lint tray/filter in case that is the source. Do that regularly anyway- I do it about every 3 months providing I remember - or my wife reminds me!
If you are unaware where the filter is it is (normally) found behind the lower front cover which is normally held in place by some plastic screws, removed by turning 90 degrees anticlockwise. The filter cover/cap is also turned anticlockwise to remove. The filter may or may not come out with the cap- if not gently persuade it out. At the same time it is possible to see and check that the drain motor is able to be turned easily by hand/finger.

3) another regular task- run the contents of proprietary anticalc sachets through the machine. Again I try to do that every 3 months- we are in a particularly 'hard' water area.

One, or all, of these suggestions should cure your problem- I hope!

Good luck,
John C

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If you cannot see the filter, it may be behind a removeable plastic cover at bottom of washer..
Hope this helps you

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Run the washer on the hottest setting you have with nothing but a cup of bleach in the tub. Pour the bleach through the dispenser so it cleans the dispenser as well. Run the washer like this and let it complete the cycle. If the smell persists, remove the lower kick panel under the door and check the drain trap on the drain pump for anything that could be caught in the pump and making it smell. This odor can travel back into the the wash tub. If you decide to open the drain pump, however, here's a bit of advice. There is some residual water that stays in the drain lines and pump (this is normal). If you remove the drain trap cover, all this water will come gushing out. To avoid this, take the drain hose out of the standpipe and use a wet/dry shop vac to pull this remaining water from the tub and lines. This will save you from a big clean up later. Lastly, you mentioned you've been cleaning the rubber door boot. Are you using 50/50 mix of bleach water in a spray bottle? Are you cleaning the area behind the door boot where it meets the wash tub? I ask this because once mildew sets into the rubber it's hard to get rid of it unless you use something with chlorine in it to kill it. Also, articles of clothing get caught in this area and can begin to smell. Not to mention, all the nasty residue left by soap and detergent. If all else fails, and you have tried all the advice, the last thing I have found that works, is to simply replace the entire door boot. -courtesy jsrock (guru)

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