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Make sure if you have a HE washer that you are using HE soap and not to much. you will also need to run a washer cleaner though it

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I get a very strong smell from my maytag atlantis washer. it smells like the sewer. how do i remove that smell?


Confirm that the sewer trap is working. The sewer trap for a washer is the pipe connection where the washer drain hose connects.

It would not be likely that the trap is a problem. Sewer gas and mold can smell similar. Smell around the hose connection. Some older homes just simply had a drain to the outside
26162560-vtficdakbbyhbpkipaftpy0h-4-0.png Next this machine is a top loader and if it is being used several times a week the problem is likely around the tub on top. Mold will form in the tub under the basket if it is not run weekly. Normal wash cycle in a top loader should keep under the basket clear. If a week or so occurs between use then the problem can be under the basket at the bottom of the tub. Use bleach, vinegar, or baking soda in moderation to clear.

It is more likely that the problem is around the top of the top. this requires opening the top and swinging it back to get access. Make sure power is removed before attempting.

Cleaning a little bleach, soap and water.
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Apr 13, 2016 | Maytag Washing Machines

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I have the smeel of old grass coming from my washer, probably from my yard work jeans. How can I get rid of this smell? Is there a filter I can change?


All you can do is clean the rubber door boot inside and out and in all the folds with a strong bleach solution and then run an empty load with a a few cups of bleach in it, then always leave the door open after your finished the laundry, there is probably mold and mildew inside the tub between the spin basket and tub and you cant get to it. various products for mold and mildew may help

Aug 25, 2011 | Whirlpool WFW9050X Washer

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Lg from front loading washer has horrible smell


Hi- If it smells like mold then it is most likely the Tub Boot (bellows). This is the large rubber gasket that goes around the front of the washer basket. This is a huge issue with front loaders and there is really no solid remedy. You can run your hand inside the folds and see if there is a bunch of refuse in there that is stinking. Usually one will see black mold all over the rubber. A diluted bleach solution can help a bit, just be careful not to pierce the gasket or you will have a flood when the washer runs. Really the best remedy it to replace the rubber but this is often not a cheap part and often takes at least an hour for the tech to do. If the smell is more of an electrical smell (burnt rubber, plastic) then I'd get someone out to look at it. The motor or one of the electrical controllers may be shorted out. If this is the case I wouldn't use it until you determine the cause.

Sep 23, 2010 | LG WM1812C Front Load Washer

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There is a moldy smell....I have ran a load with no clothes and just bleach and it smelled ok for a week and now smells again


The odor that you are experiencing may be from the growth of mold. Inside the washer, some small pools of water may be left standing and is harboring mold spores. Even though you may operate the washer regularly, the mold spores are not being washed away.I have a couple of tips that might help to eliminate odor issues in your washing machine. First, and the most effective in my research is to, leave the lid, or door to the unit open. By leaving the door open, it promotes air circulation and evaporation of standing water. The reduction in odor, will occur quickly and dramatically.

My second tip is to run the washer empty for a quick rinse cycle. Add an entire cup of bleach at the start of the cycle. The bleach is effective at destroying organisms, such as mold and bacteria. However, running it once will not be completely effective. I suggest pouring another cup of bleach into the wash tub/basket, after the cycle has completed. This will leave bleach as the standing pool and should prevent the growth of mold or bacteria. However, if you do this, before doing a load of laundry you should run an empty rinse cycle again, to avoid damage to the clothes from the bleach left standing in the wash tub.

Oct 24, 2009 | GE WSXH208A Front Load Washer

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We have a Kenmore washing machine, model 82984120, purchased in 1991 and have never had a problem. We have begun getting a foul smell after we finish washing. When I shake the basket, I can hear a bit of...


THERE IS ALAWYAS WATER PRESENT IN THE WASHER DRUM, RUN A LOAD OF HOT WATER WITH 3 CUPS OF BLEACH IN IT THIS SHOULD KILL THE MOLD THTAT IS CASUING THE SMELL, USE THE HIGHEST WATER LEVEL SETTING, DO IT TWICE AS NESS.

Sep 06, 2009 | Washing Machines

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I can't get the front panel off my HE3 #44836 to clean the filter. The rubber backing crumbled on my bath mats in the washer. I vacuumed out the tub, but where did the rest of the rubber crumbles go? ...


Read the owners manual. Many washers have 'self cleaning' filters that will get clogged with big stuff. The 'moldy odor' is caused by MOLD. Run a 'extra large' empty load of HOT water with normal detergent + 1 PINT of ordinary bleach. Add another shot (pint) of bleach to the rinse cycle. Sometimes a small article (sock?) will escape the clothes basket and get trapped in the tub--it can't get drained out and can't get back into the clothes basket. The bleach will kill the mold, but if it returns you will have to take the top off and fish the lost article out using a bent clothes hanger as a hook.

Jun 19, 2009 | Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

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Moldy smell inside GE profle top loader washer


Check the pump and make sure that it is draining the water. There will always be a little water left over but you should never be able to hear it very easily. Once you check the pump and make sure it is operating properly check the water sensor to make sure that it is acuratly reading the water hieght. After that take one cup of Vinegar and run a hot load of water will kill the mold and clean your system out

Feb 21, 2009 | GE Profile Harmony WPGT9360E 4.0 Cu. Ft....

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Mold and smell from Maytag washer


The mold will be growing in the upper parts of the agitator basket above the water line. Spray these areas with a bleach/water mixture using a spray bottle. Turn off the hot water valve to your washer. Disconnect the hose connected to this valve. Connect a leak free garden hose to the valve. Connect a garden sprayer to the other end of the garden hose. Turn the hot water valve back on. Check for leaks. Use the garden sprayer to rinse and remove the mold. Be careful to keep all of the water in the agitator basket. Turn off the hot water valve. Reconnect the hose from the washer to this valve. Turn the hot water valve back on. Check for leaks. Run a wash cycle with an empty load.

Jan 15, 2009 | Maytag Atlantis MAV6000 Top Load Washer

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