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Frigidaire washing machine collects water behinf door seal

Washing machine works OK, but it collects smelly water trapped behind the gasket seal of the front door. Any way to fkush out th water. We tried a spin with the machine empty.

We have a Frididaire Afinity fron loading washer. I have benn to several doctors over the past 6 months. I have had a rash over my entire body, after a series of allergy test we found that I am allergic to mold. Since my husband is a general contractor we were pretty certain that the mold was not coming from our home. However, the other day when I was doing laundry I noticed a small amount of black stuff on the gasket of our washer. I pulled it back and it was full of black and green mold. My husband cleaned out what seemed to be three gaskets and were all full of mold. I sure wish someone would have told us of this problem, and what we were supposed to to for any kind of maintenance before we bought a front loader. Now after several thousand dollars in doctor bills-I would not advise a Frigidaire frontload washer.


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Re: Frigidaire washing machine collects water behinf door...

Your washer is a great washer BUT you Have to wipe the silly gasket all the time and leave the door open to let it vent and dry I deal with this all the time and no they dont tell you this when you buy them (they Should) but they want the sale then its your baby.I do warranty work for all the name brands and I see this on all of them good luck

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How to Remove Mold and Mildew from Front Load Washing Machines Today...

How to Remove Mold and Mildew from Front-Load Washing Machines

moldy-smell-washing-machine-1.jpg Front-load washing machines are notorious for collecting mold.
I've had my front-loading washing machine for about four years, and it has some great advantages - it's quiet, fast, uses less water and detergent, and gently tumbles (rather than yanking) my clothes. In general, I've been so pleased with it that I was shocked one day when I opened the door and was nearly knocked unconscious by a fetid blast of moldy-smelling air!
How could a machine that's so wonderful, suddenly turn so horribly smelly?
Gaskets hold moisture.
The answer is in the way the machine is designed. Front-loading washing machines have watertight, airtight doors that seal with a rubber gasket. That rubber seal traps moisture in the machine and also provides the perfect nooks and crannies for mold and mildew to grow.
Top-loading washing machines, on the other hand, have a rather loose fitting metal door that easily allows the tank to dry out between loads.
The problem isn't helped by our laundry preferences. High sudsing detergents and liquid fabric softeners leave behind residues and films that invite mold growth. Cold-water cycles and mild, eco-friendly detergents don't quite blast away residues like their environmentally-unfriendly counterparts.
So, to keep mold at bay, front-load washers need just a bit more maintenance than top-loading machines.

How to Get Rid of Mold and Smells in Top-Load Washers

If you've got a stinky front-load washing machine, here's how to get it smelling fresh again:
    moldy-smell-washing-machine-3.jpg Cleaning gasket on washer.
  • Clean Gasket: Use a rag or towel to clean the rubber door gasket on a front-loading washer with either hot soapy water or a spritz of mildew cleaner. Make sure to wipe underneath and around it as well. Be prepared for some slime and gunk, and possibly a stray sock or two!
  • Clean Dispensers: Remove the detergent dispensers and give them a good scrubbing. If they don't come out, clean them as best you can, using a bottle or pipe cleaner to reach back into the crevices.
  • Run Cleaning Cycle: Next, run an empty wash cycle on the longest, hottest water setting (or a tub-cleaning cycle, if you have it). Add one of the following directly to the wash tub:
    • 1 cup of bleach.
    • 1 cup of baking soda.
    • 1/2 cup of powdered enzymatic dishwasher detergent (such asCascade Complete).
    • A commercial residue-busting washer cleaner (such as Affresh orSmelly Washer).
    moldy-smell-washing-machine-4.jpg Commercial cleaning pellets.
  • Repeat Cleaning Cycle: If the problem persists, repeat the cleaning cycle and consider trying a different additive. It might take several cycles to get the smell out.
  • Professional Help: If you've tried every way to clean your front-load washer and it still smells, you may have mold growing back behind the drum, or possibly a clogged drain or filter. A qualified repair person can dismantle the machine and clean it for you, or you can unplug the machine and carefully explore and clean it yourself.

Preventative Maintenance

Once your machine is clean, follow these tips to keep it that way:
    moldy-smell-washing-machine-5.jpg Allow washer tub to dry.
  • Air It Out: If possible, leave the door of the front-load washer cracked open to allow it to dry thoroughly between cycles. However, you shouldn't do this if you have children or pets who could be tempted to climb (and possibly become trapped) inside the machine.
  • Remove Loads Promptly: Be sure to remove wet clothes as soon as the cycle is finished. Set your washer to beep when it's done, so you don't forget.
  • Choose Detergent Wisely: Choose low-sudsing detergents specifically made for high-efficiency (HE) machines. When possible, choose powder over liquid; liquid detergents are usually higher in suds.
  • moldy-smell-washing-machine-6.jpg Clean washer dispensers.
  • Use Less Detergent: Read the labels and use no more than the amount recommended for each load. Experiment with using less detergent, until you find the minimum amount necessary (sometimes just a spoonful) to get your clothes clean.
  • Avoid Fabric Softener: Liquid fabric softeners leave residue that contributes to mold in front-load washers. Instead, use dryer sheets or dryer balls to soften your clothes.
  • Dry Gaskets: Use an old towel to wipe around and underneath the door gaskets and the inside of the door on front-loading washers. Ideally, you should so this after every cycle, but at the very least it needs a periodic wipe down to remove any water or mildew trapped in the folds.
  • Use Bleach: About once a month, run a hot water bleach cycle. I usually take the opportunity to throw in work towels, fabric shower curtains, and muddy gardening clothes, along with that nasty gasket-cleaning towel.
Good Luck

Feb 27, 2015 | Washing Machines


Smelly washers

OK there are a lot of people with the smelly front load washer . the smell is caused buy a build up of detergent it is recommend that you use 2 tbs of detergent and 1 if you have a water softener. also leaving the door open after a washing is good to help it air out . to often people blame the door gasket because they get spots on them well the rubber used is a antimicrobial rubber so it cannot mold . the smell is actually soap build up trapped inside the washer if you run your washer with nothing in it and see soap suds your using to much detergent. there is hope though cutting back on detergent and using a product called Lemeshine mc3 will eliminate the odor issue.

on Jun 03, 2010 | Washing Machines

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Hi I have a Siemenes washing machine and it seems that is leaking water from trap door in the front, any idea how I could fix it? Thank you,

This video will show you how to change the door seal gasket on your washing machine
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Sep 23, 2010 | Siemens Washing Machines

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Smells like old smelly socks

this might be coming from the rubber door seal clean it all the way round make sure holes at bottom are not blocked and the rubber door seal is all clean. also clean the draw so there is no power left in there and it is all clean. also a good thing to do is run it though a cleaning cycle with normal detergent at max temperature that the machine can do. hope this helps.

May 20, 2010 | Creda IWD12 Front Load Washer / Dryer

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Water trickling down front of door when washing

Check no small tare in gasket , check no interference between seal and glass ( small amounts of hair etc.. can build up and break the seal) . Check water is not coming from soap drawer and running down behind door facia.

Nov 01, 2009 | Washing Machines

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Stinky grey goo in my Hotpoint WMA20 washing machine

you can only change the seal as this is a common fault with low tep washing Follow these steps to replace your door seal:

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Disconnect all power to the machine first!!

1 Locate the outer clamp band securing the seal to the door rim on the washing machine and examine it carefully for holes or tears. Many can be prised off with a flat-bladed screwdriver they have a spring system holding them, but some have a tensioning arrangement that has to be loosened.
2 After removing the outer clamp band, locate the inner one securing the seal to the drum and establish how this is secured. It may be necessary to loosen a clip, or you may be able to prise the band off with a flat-bladed screwdriver. Some are like very large Jubilee clips that you have to undo usually from the top.
3 Once the clamp bands have been removed, use both hands to pull the seal away from the inner drum rim. Some machines have a water spout holes that will have to be lined up. Others have a drain holes.
4 Rubbing a drop of washing up liquid into the groove on the door seal/gasket that locates on the drum makes fitting the new seal easier.
5 the new washing machine door seal should be fitted by locating the drain holes at the bottom of the seal first then push it on with both hands working opposite directions towards the top. This is quite hard if you have never done it before.
6 refit the inner band remembering this must be tensioned correctly for it to be water tight.
7 now fit the outer band and the test the machine for any leaks,

All washing machine spares featured in this article are available at apart4u with more video help in our tutorial section.

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Oct 28, 2009 | Hotpoint First Edition WMA20 Front Load...

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Smelly Washer

I leave the door open when not in use. I also wipe the gasket on the door and door seal when IThis might help get done doing laundry for the day. You can push the seal on the door aside a little and wipe out the "junk" that has accumilated inside. I

Oct 13, 2008 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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I had similar problem, the front door seal can trap small items,socks,handtowels. I didnt figure this out for some months, each load of clothes had a foul, mildew smell, Check door seal for trapped clothes, run intermittent cycles with bleach only, no clothes, be sure to leave door open when not in use to air out , this will reduce smell.

Nov 27, 2007 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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Frigidaire washing machine collects water behinf door seal

Frigidaire has several mfr defects with their new front loading machines. The detergent/bleach drawer retains water, the door often leaks, water does accumulate in the door seal and the spin has broken twice on us and the machin is only 15 months old! Repair is contracted out by Lowes to independant repair companies, who demand payment, even when Lowes says it is covered under warrantee. What a waste of a large amount of money! We will NEVER purchase Frigidaire or recommend their products to anyone.

Oct 30, 2007 | Frigidaire GLTF2940ES Front Load Washer

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Affinity front load washer

Sounds like you have a common problem with the front load washers known as mold and mildew possibly. Between the door and drum, there is a boot that could possibly be getting water trapped in it. This water becomes fowl and will cause mildew to grow. Wash this ring and boot with a strong bleach and water mixture a few times using hot water. After you hopefully get this corrected, be sure to wipe out any leftover water out of this ring, and leave the door open after each wash. Also, be sure that you are using the proper detergent (HE Certified)when you do your washing. Follow your "Use and Care" guide that came with the washer for information on detergent recommendations and cleaning and clearing door seals after your loads. Good luck and hope this may have helped. Jim

Sep 06, 2007 | Frigidaire GLTR1670A Front Load Washer

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