Question about Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer
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.
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.
Posted on Oct 19, 2008
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