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Musty/Mildew smelling clothes...

I've only owned my LG Washer/Dryer for 9 mos. and the washer has been smelling mildewy now for approx 4-5 mos even still after I have used the recommended "affresh" tablets once a month & leaving the door open for 24hrs for drying, any suggestions? I purchased them as floor models so there isn't any warranty that I know of. Thanks for your help.

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Lg has a known problem with smelly mildew cloths. If you call LG they will tell you its not there problem. Cheapest solution is to wash door gasket with some clorox and then betwen washes leave door open. On the washing supply shelves there is a product you put in the washing machine run a wash without cloths and it does the same thing except it costs $7.If you bought it a t Lowes go back and ***** to store manager my friend did exactly that and got the machinje replaced

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

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