Question about GE Energy Star WCVH6260F Front Load Washer
I found out the hard way. The GE WCVH6260 fron loading washing machine has a terrible design flaw. There is a 'filter' that sits right in front of the discharge pump. This filter clogs with lint, coins, hair, dollar bills ... etc about every 3-4 months. When it 'clogs', the pump cannot '****' the dirty water through the gunk. As a result, you have nasty, stale water (forever) preventing dirty water from being flushed. What's worse is that since the dirty water cannot leave, you wind up washing/rinsing your 'clean' clothes with dirty water. It is easy to fix.
When looking at the front of your washing machine, there is a rectangular panel at the bottom. Remove the 3 screws (left, right and center) and pull down on the panel. It slides off easy. Right in front of you is a 3" cap. MAKE SURE TO HAVE A LARGE POT TO CATCH THE SLOP BEFORE YOU LOOSEN THE CAP. Remove the cap and pull out. (I took out 'gunk' the size of a tube of racket balls (coins, hair, dollar bills .. etc). You will also see/smell what I mean by 'dirty water'
GE is a bunch of idiots. We have only had our machine 12 months. This is obviously 'regular maintenance' kind of stuff (kind of like periodically cleaning the lint filter on the washing machine) and GE doesn't even make the 3" cap accessible from the outside. I checked the manual and these problems are not even FAQ's in the manual:
* machine 'pauses' between every cycle (push start to continue)
* clothes smell musty
* water doesn't drain
* cycles (consistently) take longer than timer says
* clothes still soaking wet even after spin cycle ... etc)
Posted on Jul 05, 2008
This is a bogus website that is trying to push smelly washer product....no real fixes and there are other products out there for less just use bleach first
Posted on Oct 01, 2008
You can also try a product called Smelly Washer that was designed specifically for this problem. Go to www.smellywasher.com or ask your local hardware store.
Posted on Mar 30, 2009
JohnfromIowa was dead on. THIS IS THE FIX, PERIOD. Read his instructions and make sure you clean the pump "tube" with a spray bleach solution ( like 10%- 1 part bleach to 10 parts water) THOROUGHLY. When you're done, run a speed wash cycle with a cup of bleach to kill any remaining mold spores. That will fix it for sure.
Posted on May 12, 2009
I just tried the solution proposed by JohnfromIowa and he is ABSOLUTELY RIGHT! I cannot believe that GE does not include this easy solution in their manual. GE chose looks over functionality as it would've made sense to include access to this filter without having to use a screwdriver. I cannot imagine how many people have paid hundreds of dollars to have their machine service by unscrupulous service techs. This is the last GE product I buy. All the other GE products that I bought for my house (dishwasher, dryer, microwave and range) two years ago are falling appart in one way or another.
No wonder why my clothes smelled musky and there was sometimes water under the washer. We've had our washer for only 2 years. After having unclogged the filter, it was amazing to see the kind of **** that came out of the drain hoses...YUCK!!
Posted on Nov 17, 2008
Run a load with a cup or two of white vinegar....works on clothes odors and washer odors. Also...vinegar is a wonderful, natural fabric softener! And no, your clothes do not come out smelling like vinegar. They just smell clean.
Posted on Jul 04, 2008
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