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I want to clean the pump filter to reduce moldy smell. I've removed the two toe panel screws but it won't come off. Does the front panel have to come off first?

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F21keeps flashing.clothes won't spin.f21 still flashing on all cycles.


Hello again Chris,

Thank you for replying with the model number. It sounds like the pump may have become clogged in the washer pump filter.

I would first suggest you have a look at the pump yourself unless you don`t feel comfortable doing so, then calling a service tech might be the best avenue.

Here`s how to inspect it...yours may differ slightly, but if it is indeed a bosch clasixx6 1200...these instructions will apply.

1) **Turn off the power or unplug the cord from the dryer or wall...whichever applies to your set-up...safety first**

2) Water removal...remove toe panel. There you will find a small hose with a plug in the end for draining the pump.

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3) Now bleed pump drain...A shallow pan is handy for this step.

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3) remove pump filter, but be careful if you don't have a shop-vac or a shallow pan and towels you may get wet...


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*Once you`ve reached this point you may have trouble removing the filter if it is really plugged up with debris. You might have to wiggle it back and forth as you twist and pull.

4) When you get the filter out, visually inspect inside the pump thoroughly with a flashlight and clean it out really well. It won`t take much to prevent these from draining. i.e. a penny, hair pin, buttons etc.

Let me know if you found anything in the pump and how you make out after that.

If you removed any obstruction, simply reassemble the unit making sure the filter is screwed in tight, unplug the unit for approx. 20 mins (you may have accomplished this in the time allowed to clean the pump so it may sound redundant, omit if so) run a quick rinse cycle to test for leaks before putting the toe panel back on and you should be good to go...save for any leaks.

There are other possible factors like a pump motor, that can prevent the unit from draining or spinning out items properly, but we`ll cross that bridge when and if we get there.

Thank you for choosing FixYa, keep me posted on your situation.

Regards,

Macmarkus :)

Oct 25, 2011 | Bosch Classixx WFL 2066 Front Load Washer

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I am getting a musty smell from the washer and from the clothes that come out of the washer. I have heard that there is a filter inside the toe kick panel that can be cleaned out. Is this true? What else...


true remove toe panel and wash murk out of plastic filter,,replace tightly or it will leak...also wash unit out with 12 to 16 ounces of bleach as needed...always unplug first

Aug 29, 2011 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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Won't finish cycle 21 F- flashing on panel


F21 error code is indicating that it is taking too long to drain water.

Your details indicate that you are using too much detergent or the wrong type of detergent and causing excessive suds. The drain pump can not pump suds out. The washer requires HE (High Efficiency) detergent formulated for front loading washers.

Cut back on the detergent and it will most likely operate correctly.

NOTES:
* After four (4) minutes the "Sd" error will be displayed, and then four (4) minutes later the "F21" error code will be displayed.
* Press STOP two (2) times to clear the display.

Possible Causes:
- Using too much High Efficiency (HE) detergent and causing too much suds.
- Using NON-HE detergent causing too much suds.
- Kink in drain hose
- Debris or foreign objects in drain pump filter.

The drain filter is located behind the lower access panel.

NOTE: Disconnect the power cord before removing the lower access panel and cleaning out the drain pump filter.

Remove the two screws (key#21) securing access panel. The filter cap (key#14) is removed by turning it counter clockwise. NOTE: Be sure that all the water has pump out before removing the cap. Have some large towels handy because there will be water coming out the filter/pump once you remove the cap. Check and clean the filter and remember to reduce the amount of detergent and the washer should perform as designed

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Hope helps (remember to rate and comment this free answer)..

Jun 10, 2011 | Kenmore HE2 Plus Front Load Washer

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Is there a filter that needs to be cleaned out to avoid any moldy smell?


Have you heard of Affresh? It is recommended to keep the washer from smelling. Most machines do have a filter7dced2b.jpg4cbaaf5.jpga4db1e6.jpg

Mar 24, 2010 | Washing Machines

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I have an F 02 error on my Kenmore elite. The


Accessing the Drain Pump on Kenmore Elite and Whirlpool Duet Front Load Washers
  1. Safety first. Unplug the machine.
  2. Put a blanket over the top rear edge of the machine to cushion it and lean it against the wall.
  3. There are three screws located right at the bottom front edge of the machine securing the toe panel. Remove the screws and the toe panel will fall off.
  4. Open the door covering the wiring harness connector and disconnect the wiring harness from the terminals of the pump motor.
  5. Remove the screw securing the pump assembly to the frame of the machine.
  6. Remove the drain hose and tub outlet hose from the drain pump assembly.
  7. Put a small pan or bucket under the pump and turn the large knob counterclockwise to remove and clean the large item filter.
  8. Unscrew the drain pump from the pump housing and check the impeller for any obstruction or damage.
  9. Replace the drain pump if the impeller is damaged or if no obstruction is found in the drain hose, tub outlet hose, and the large item filter.
  10. Install the new drain pump in reverse of the removal steps above.


Jan 24, 2010 | Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

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E20, slow to drain frigidaire atf7000fs


Hi there,

probably has something stuck in the electric drain pump happens alot on frigidaire washers it is accessable after removing front lower acess panel tilt washer back after pulling it from the wall the drain pump will be just right of center at the front use a pan to catch any water that will come out you can either remove the 2 drain hoses to clear obstruction or you can unscrew pump motor from pump body

Good Luck!!

Thanks.

Jul 24, 2009 | Frigidaire Affinity ATF6000F Front Load...

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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

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Brown dirt-like looking "gunk" coming out of the washer


The filter on your pump is probably clogged with lint and stuff. You have to remove the bottom front panel, 3 torx screws underneath. The panel will drop and come off. Drain off the excess water from the hose you see. The white filter cover is right in front. Get yourself a bunch of towels or a good big plastic bag to collect water. Unscrew the filter cover and twist the filter out. Clean out all the stuff and put it back in carefully.

Next: You can use Affresh to clean your front loader. Deposits of soap and other such things can be stuck around the inside tub of your washer. Try this product, it works great on all front loaders. Use hot water with the Affresh pellet with no clothes and run the machine through a cycle. Also helps with any stagnant water smells. Have you cleaned out your pump lately. Put the pellet inside the machine, not in the soap dispenser.
Pl give me a good rating for the free help, thanks.

Jan 10, 2009 | Kenmore 44832 Front Load Washer

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Moldy smell


Turn it off, unplug it. Remove filter and check if filter and/or filter and pump housing are clogged with something "smelly". When you're at it check the drain pipe for too.

May 08, 2008 | Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

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Moldy smell in front load kenmore washer


I had the same problem. Have you cleaned the filter under the front panel? Simply remove the three screws holding the panel below the door and remove the 2" white screwcap. Be sure to have a basin handy to catch the water. (possibly a couple of gallons if the stainer is really clogged) I suspect you'll find several moldy items that are causing the odor. Good luck.

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