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Tub smells of stagnant water

Have my Kenmore ELite a year and a half and recently there is a dreadful smell of stagnant/moldy water from the tub and clothes. Have tried washing at a high temp., with bleach, vinegar, etc.. nothing seems to work. I have to keep the door open at all times and it still persists. Called Kenmore and they were of no help. Any suggestions apart from ones already posted, as I have tried them all? My washing machine and the clothes washed in it have a musty, moldy odor. I have tried bleach but this only eliminates the odor for a few days. I have put baking soda in the machine washes and this helps for a few days as well.

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  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2008

    Same deal with smell of mildew in washer.  Tried tablets.......did not work for long

  • Totalhomeres Mar 15, 2008

    same problem my washer stinks of musty clothes like you left them in there for days! i tried hot water with bleach and 2nd wash with just downey. it help but did not slove the problem

  • carsensmom Mar 16, 2008

    We recently have the same problem. I don't have my owners manual, and my machine stops quite often & flashes F11, I do not know what this is... I thought maybe the smell was a result of F11. What ever that is, does your washer flash F11?

  • jillocain Oct 05, 2008

    I don't notice an order but I've found gunky gray matter in the rubber accordian type seal aroung the opening of the door. It's really hard to clean out and it's driving me crazy. Some of my clothes have had a gray spot on them and I think it's from this gunk.

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There seems to be a common problem with this where the filter in the bottom of the unit gets plugged, and it can cause the unit to smell. Remove the bottom access panel, unscrew the filter, and clean it.
Make sure you UNPLUG the unit. Even though you won't be touching electrical, there is a very real chance that you can be shocked..or worse.

Let me know if that helps. Even if this solution doesn't work, it is a good idea to clean the unit occasionally. It uses a torx style screw, so you may have to buy the tool...but it's worth it.

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