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The rubber on the washer is getting this sand-like film on it. Why am i getting this?

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If there is sand or sand-like sediment in the washer and it did not arrive there from any item(s) washed in it prior, it arrived via the water supply. This means it came from either the water supply or from the pipes in the house, if the pipes are corroded old steel or iron pipes. If it came from the water supply and/or the piping system and other water using appliances. Check the aerators on the sink faucets and inside the toilet tank. If any of those locations have the same problem, it may be the water supply or the water piping system. In those cases, other major problems exist, which will not resolve the washer problems.

Some of that "grit" may actually be coming from your washing detergents. Try running a cycle through with hot water only.
Then make sure the seals are clean. Try another load and see if the symptoms return.
Good luck!

Posted on Oct 05, 2009


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