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Smelly washer The washer has a powerful mildew smell that is geting worse

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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

  • nlplgreen Nov 08, 2010

    I have the same problem only Now I have a mold issue. Not sure what to do with this one. But yes the cycles are long and I have to hit the drain and spin button several times to spin out the clothes well especially anything heavy like towels and blankets.

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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

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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

  • shloime Oct 17, 2011

    IF the problem is mildew buildup from not drying and airing out the machine, then yes, running a chemical cleaner through will help. but just leaving the door open between loads, dumping out the detergent dispenser and wiping the gasket dry should have already taken care of that.

    the pump filter problem is different - there is actually a clump of "stuff" stuck down there that is growing mold. if you don't remove it by cleaning the pump filter, you might as well run the cleaner through every day or two, because mold spores are airborne, and it won't take more than a day for the mold to get re-established in a warm, moist environment like that.

    cleaning the filter is actually faster, believe it or not.

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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.

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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

  • nlplgreen Nov 08, 2010

    Gotta go check mine....can't imagine the build up after 2 years. No wonder it smells so bad!

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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.

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Complain, complain, complain........ you purchased an American made product...... like American made cars they are junk.

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  • sammy Jan 04, 2012

    The GE Washer is MADE IN CHINA - - - - Look at the label on the side

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Do 95' wash with calgon or washing soda it should sort it out, let door open when it finishish milddew can build up with door closed

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    Made in CHINA - - - Look at the label . . . .

  • sammy Jan 04, 2012

    The GE Washer is MADE IN CHINA - - - - Look at the label on the side . . . .

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