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Smells like rotten eggs

I have this washing machine and a smell of rottten eggs is coming from the machine. A friend siad there is some type of pan underneath that may cause this small...Does anyone know anything about this issue?

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The smell of rotten eggs normally means you have some water that has been sitting arround awhile and has gone bad. You may have to unplug your machine and remove the front cover to take a look arround the inside of your machine to see if any water has leaked out and has puddled up. You may also have something caught in the drain pump's filter, which may have gone rotten from sitting around too long. This filter is easy to unscrew and gain access to once you have the front cover off. Make sure you have lots of towels or a wet vac handy when you unscrew the filter cover.

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We followed me84401's recommendation and found a baby sock stuck in the filter with a ton of lint and other gunk around it. The "front" of the washer that you remove is the area below the door.

Posted on May 23, 2010

  • packman38506 Feb 26, 2011

    I have the same washer and have the exact same issue. I paid a plumber $150 to put a vent on the drain under my house and it didn't help. I too cleaned out the front filter and found coins, lint and sludge, and it appears that the smell is strongest in this area. Thought I had fixed it but the smell continues. I just cleaned out the filter again and the smell is unbearable when you take the filter cover off. I'm at a complete loss as to what causes this issue.

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You might have a small leak coming from the outlet hose

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