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Large Appliances When the washer drains it smells like ammonia. I have changed the drain hose and run empty cyles with bleach or vinegar to try to cut whatever is in there. Any help out there.

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Start by cleaning out the filter in bottom,
remove the access panel bottom 3 screws , open filter , some excess water will spill ,
clean it out,
next clean under the rubber flap around front of drum.
run borax through a cycle.
run clorox in a cold cycle
the issue may be that the back of the drum is coated with waxy goop from using too much softener,

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