Question about Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer
The machine smells of =mildew and now so do my clothes. i tried running the machine on all different water temps. , tried with bleach, tried bleaching machine with no clothes. to no prevail the machine and towels still smell like mildew. Especially when the "clean" dried towels get rewet, the odor is disgusting. Kenmore Elite HE3t front loader. Yep, same problem, tried same solutions. Has mildewy awful smell all the time. Have tried running bleach through it. Have tried cleaning by hand the interior and moldings with vinegar. Ditto with bleach. Have pulled back moldings to clean. I sure never had this problem with my old top-loader! Will try the other suggestion regarding drain. You know, for the price paid I wouldn't expect this kind of problem.
There is another product out there that seems to work real well.... it is called "AFFRESH" and it is for He front load washers... Its available at Lowes for about $6.50
Posted on May 29, 2008
We've always left the door open and still the smell was bad. Last week I cleaned the inside of the rubber gasket with a bleach solution and ran the longest, hottest cycle (Sanitary) with bleach in the dispenser. The smell was mostly gone, only a faint trace was in the air. Today the smell was back and I removed the front cover to check the filter. Lo and behold, one very moldy sock was stuck in there. After removing the sock I'm now airing out the machine. Hopefully this will put an end to the musty smells. If not, I will try that Smelly Washer stuff.
On another note, after opening the front I noticed that one of the wires to the heating element was loose. I guess the factory people had not pushed it on correctly and as a result the plastic insulation had melted causing the connector to drop off the heating element. But it's back on right now (correctly this time) and hopefully it will improve operations.
Posted on May 10, 2008
They said on the news story that the towels pick up the odor because they are denser than other items and absorb it better. (I guess that makes sense.)
I just got my two bottles of Smelly Washer in the mail yesterday and immediately went to work. I ran a capful of it through my empty washer (with the water set at its hottest setting). There is a more in-depth process you can use if you washer is REALLY bad; it's on their web site blog (www.smellywasher.com).
I then re-washed some of my towels with about a teaspoonful of the product instead of detergent. I dried them as usual, crossed my fingers, and waited for showertime this morning...
This morning, my towel smelled great when I used it to dry off! That musty smell was gone. Now I just to use it to rewash the rest of our towels.
I have NO idea what's in this product--there must be other antifungal washing machine cleaning products out there--but this one seems to work. It's $16 a bottle, plus shipping--but you only use a small amount each time.
I'm guessing that if you leave your washer door open so that the mold doesn't build back up quickly, you use this stuff just once in a while to clean out any buildup that may occur. I'm not clear on how often to use it. All I can say is that I'm happy with it for now!
Posted on Mar 16, 2008
Hi! I have Kenmore Elite 4t and had this same problem: Musty, Moldy smell in washer and on clothes. The Sears Technician suggested that I use a half a cup of Clorox Liquid Bleach and put it in the tub (not the dispenser). NO CLOTHES! Use the longest hottest setting and when it's done clean the inside (underneath rubber tire thingie) and the undernath part of the door with a papertowel. And to always leave the door open. I did what he said with the bleach and it worked. I didn't want to leave the door open because I have 2 cats & was afraid that they would want to go in it, but ended up repeating the bleach thing again because a few days later the horrible smell was back. I leave the door open all the time now and the cats never go in it. They've watched laundry spin around, so I guess they're smart enough to not want to go in it. I have not had this problem again since I always leave the door open and I did this over a month ago. I hope this helps!
Posted on Jan 18, 2008
I had the same problem with my front loader, especially with stinky, musty smelling towels. Go to web-site www.smellywasher.com for a product called purewasher. Less than $20 and that also includes shipping!! That should do it!!
Posted on Jan 11, 2008
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