Question about Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer
It is normal for the washer to hold some residual water in the wash tub under the basket and in the drain lines. Because of this situation, it is also common for front loaders to smell mildewy. You may have to clean out the drain trap on the drain pump and/or the drain lines. But first, have you attempted to run a "cleaning" cycle on the washer? It is recommended that if you do not normally use hot water cycles that you run a cleaning cycle on the washer about once per week. Place the washer on the hottest setting you have and pour about a 1/2 cup of bleach through the dispenser into the wash tub. Allow the washer to run with no clothes like this until the cycle is completed. This will help in disinfecting the wash tub basin under the basket, the drain pump and drain lines. It is also recommended that when the washer is not in use that you leave the door slightly ajar to allow the wash tub to air out. I own a front loader and have never had a problem in the 7 years that I have owned it by following these simple steps. On newer models of the Duet and Kenmore Elite, there is now a "cleaning cycle" function on the timer to accommodate this feature. Now...if you try these steps and you still have an odor problem, try checking the drain trap for foreign objects. To access the drain trap you will need to remove the lower panel under the door. There are three 7mm screws holding it in place under the bottom edge. Once the panel is removed, the drain pump is located under the tub in the front-center of the washer. There is a screw off cap that you can remove for cleaning. It is recommended that you drain the residual water from the tub and drain lines BEFORE you remove the drain pump cap or you will have about a gallon of water to mop up. You can pull all the water from the washer by taking the drain line out of the standpipe and using a shop vac to drain the water. If you don't want a big mess to clean up this is a great time saver. I hope you find this information helpful. Post back with comments if you have any further questions/concerns.
Posted on Jan 17, 2008
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