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Is it safe to use a window A/C unit if there is mold still embedded in the styrafoam after cleaning?

I cleaned my window unit thoroughly with bleach and let it dry to find that no matter how much I scrubbed thre was parts of the styrafoam where the mold would not come off. I sprayed the parts with mold with a clear acrylic paint to hopefully prevent any future growth and let it dry a few more days. Is it safe to use or should I get a new unit?

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There is another product out there that seems to work real well.... it is called "AFFRESH" and it is for He front load washers... Its available at Lowes for about $6.50

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LG DOES ****. We had this dishwasher and from the very beginning it didn't seem to dry and within a few months it was not cleaning as well as we had hoped. Within 9 months it had gotten so bad that we were really unhappy and then we got an error code. LG arranged for a local repair company to take a look at it. They ended up replacing EVERY part of the dishwasher except the tub itself. They replace the pump, the heater, the whole door assembly, the wiring harness (the wires had started melting into the sound proofing material), the electronics. Literally everything. From that point on we really noticed that we were getting food chunks on everything. Not only that, all the dishes were greasy and it wasn't even coming close to drying. There was mildew and mold growing inside the tub! Finally I got fed up and threw a fit with LG. They sent another repair guy out and he told us it was going to take 3 weeks to get a brand new pump and heater because the replaced heater had failed. After I complained to LG the repair guy got the parts in a week. He quickly replaced it and tested it and it flooded our kitchen (hardwood flooring) and leaked through the floor to the ceiling downstairs. The new heater was faulty. Not only that, the repair guy told us that the first repair, 9 months earlier, had not been completed and our turbulence detector had never been hooked up. Our solution? We fought with LG and Home Depot, where we got it, and LG offered to replace it with a new dishwasher. I said forget it, we didn't ever want an LG dishwasher again. Home Depot stepped up and took back our 2 year old dishwasher and refunded all our money. We bought a KitchenAid and we LOVE IT!

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SOURCE: Mold on gasket

Maytag settled a lawsuit a few years ago for the same problem. We missed the boat and after battling it I'm just going to replace the gasket. I've tried everything from Windex to straight tea tree oil. The best thing actually, I've found is using something sharp to literally scrape the mold off. I just can't find a part number for the brush part that goes around the drum.

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The first thing to do is to CHECK IN AND AROUND THE RUBBER DOOR BOOT (called a bellow) for small articles of clothing (like socks and underwear) that may have gotten lodged in behind the rubber. Pull the rubber back where it meets the wash tub and look behind it. It is common for small items to get stuck here, become forgotten and start to mildew. You should check this area after each wash and clean it periodically to get rid of the formation of soap scum, mold, and mildew. HINT: When you get ready to wash a load of towels, take a dirty towel and clean the door boot thoroughly (including the areas behind the rubber). Immediately place the towel in the wash and run it on a sanitary cycle. This way you eliminate the need for cleaning rags.

PERIODICALLY RUN THE WASHER ON A CLEANING CYCLE. Place the washer on the hottest setting you have (usually a Sanitary cycle) with nothing but bleach in the wash tub. Some newer models actually have a "Clean Cycle" available now just for this purpose. This helps keep the wash tub, drain lines and pump sanitized.

CHECK AND CLEAN THE DRAIN PUMP FILTER. Accumulations of debris in the drain pump filter can also cause odors. HINT: If you own a shop vac, pull the drain hose from the standpipe at the wall and pull a vacuum on the line. This will drain any residual water left in the tub, pump and drain lines BEFORE you remove the drain pump cover. This will prevent a messy clean up later.

LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN IF POSSIBLE. When not in use, leave the door open to allow the tub to air out and to keep mold and mildew from forming on the door bellow. I know this may not be desirable in some households with small children. If too much mildew forms on the rubber and it cannot be removed, replacement of the bellow may be required.

NOTE: This problem is common with front loader style washing machines. The doors on these machines have an air tight/water tight seal that is great for sealing the washer during the wash cycle, but can be terrible for collecting small garments and for not allowing the tub to properly air out when not in use. Following these simple preventive measures can go a long way towards preventing harmful mold and mildew, and towards extending the life of the door bellow and pump.



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