Old washing machine is starting to leave grey streaks on clothing
My washing machine is an old whirlpool model.
The machine has been leaving light grey streaks across variousclothes, sheets and towels. I have no idea what is wrong - it could be the machine orthe old pipes since it is a house from the 1920s.
I had the plumber come and change the pipes and the rusted leaking tap today but I suspect something in the washing machine will need changing and that the problem is somewhere within the machine since the stains are grey/maybe oil stains?
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Re: Old washing machine is starting to leave grey streaks...
Hmmm..let's see..sounds like you have some residue accumulating from something possibly seeping into the tub. That can be old rubber, a metal sheath, or even an leak of lubricant. Like an old car, there are parts of every mechanical device that need to be attended to.
I'd recommend you find the most seasoned person that works on older machines, to come by and assess what is 'leaking' on your clothing. Grey comes from something metallic or rubber/plastic.
Hope you can solve this one, and keep that old machine happy.
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Hi Alicia, thank you for allowing
me to assist you!
Often on a laundry center, if the
washer is leaving black streaks then your appliance may be experiencing a
bearing issue. The bearing may either be damage or broken. Regrettably, this is
not a simple DIY job. I am
fairly confident that an authorized service agent will be able to restore your
appliance to its normal operating condition. You can often locate a qualified
service technician on the manufacturer website.
Hi just read your posting.Now you mentioned that the specks are not lint.In my service manual it states that if you use fabric softener then this can build up in the bowl and leave black flakes on the clothes.Try filling machine on a hot wash and pour into bowl 1 or 2 cups of automatic dish washing power and leave the machine to soak overnight.In the morning restart cycle and let it go all the way throe.Please reply on how this worked and for further advice.Looking forward to your reply.
It's a common problem with modern machines.
Due the modern way of washing on low temperatures some dirt will stick into the machine's.
You can try to wash some old stuff several times on a high temperature and instead of using washingpowder you have to use a handfull of soda.
It will clean the inside. Worked fine overhere.
I'd try putting the machine on a hot fill wash, max water level put in half a cup of baking soda when the machine starts to washer turn it off and leave it to soak overnight, then let it finish the cycle the next day. Also make sure you tip some of the hot water down the beach dispenser and clean all around the top of the machine
I can assure you this IS a common problem. I can't tell you how many customers I have had in the past that complained about their Calypso's leaving the same marks on their clothing. The problem occurs because of the suction on the clothes as the washer extracts water from them during the final nunator cycle. The nunator is the wash plate that the clothes get caught in. The manufacturer's cure for this problem was to come up with a modified control board that reduces the final nunator time and minimizes the suction action on your clothing. The replacement control board part number is 8571359. I have ordered and installed this board on a few Calypso's. I'm surprised that nobody advised you of this in the past. If you call Whirpool back and they deny this, I got this information from them. It may be worth your while to contact them again to see if there is a recall on this and if they would cover the cost of the repairs.
To all victims of the brownish colored streak marks: I share your frustration!!! I have the same problem with my dryer which started when my dryer was only 3 or 4 years old - - totally unacceptable for an expensive top of the line dryer! A repair guy showed me how the brownish streak marks come from the felt liner which goes around the drum. Look inside your dryer for the beige or tan colored felt which sticks out around the circular drum. If you rub the felt with an old white t-shirt or paper towel, you will see the same brownish colored marks. My repairman recommended getting the felt replaced eventually, but until then, he gave me the following tips which really help avoid getting the streaks: For white or light colored clothes susceptible to the brownish streak marks: I dry these items as part of a very lightweight dryer load - with just a few other lightweight items. By doing a small lightweight load, clothing is less likely to get caught up & rub against the felt edges. For example, I dry 4 light colored men's dress shirts with 2 or 3 other lightweight shirts. OR for white or light colored athletic "dry fit" type athletic apparel, I dry 6 - 8 total lightweight shirts/shorts. If I throw my white Nike top or white pair of summer pants into the dryer with all my "whites", they will be doomed to getting brownish streaks due to the heavy load pushing them against the darned felt liner! Whenever possible, I wash susceptible items on permanent press to avoid wrinkling, then hang dry. Prior to putting these clothes in the dryer, I also "pre-clean" the felt with an old white cotton t-shirt by reaching into the dryer and rubbing along the felt edges until I'm not getting as much brownish color on the t-shirt rag. For a permanent fix, call a repairman or see the following do-it-yourself YouTube video on "Dryer Repair - Replacing the Lower Front Drum Felt Seal": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoYP_YsGP68 . I have a repair person coming today to fix 2 other appliances, so I'm finally getting my dryer fixed, and I will post an update soon.
What actually will happen over time is the stainless steel retianing hub and nut diseningrate and the tub becomes loose. Then the spin cycle will destroy the top balancing ring. When this happens - the washer is junk - not worth repairing.
Before that thou - other mechanical problems can happen, like u-joint breakage. These washers are absolute junk.