Question about Kenmore HE4t 3.8 Cu. Ft. King Size Capacity Plus Front Load Washer
I have to leave the washing machine door open otherwise it gets a musty smell...is there a santizing cycle that I should use to run a cycle through?
It is recommended by the manufacturer that you leave the washer door open on all front loaders when not in use or the washer can develop odors, or begin to mold and mildew. Leaving the door open allows the tub air out. Because this is the lowest point of the drain cycle, gravity will always cause residual water to reside in the drain pump and drain lines. The water will NOT evaporate, but it will keep it from becoming sour. The following link explains what some of the common causes of odors in a front loader are and how to prevent them:
Newer model Kenmore Elite, Whirlpool Duet and Maytag Epic have a "Cleaning Cycle" button on the front panel. The owner's manual will explain how to use this feature.
If you do not have a cleaning cycle, use the hottest setting you have about once a month with a small amount of bleach to keep the spin basket and wash tub sanitized. I recommend the "Whitest Whites" cycle set on the "Light". This cycle is only 48 minutes.
Read through the link provided and make sure you periodicallt check the drain pump for debris that can cause odors and make sure you are using the correct detergent. If you have any questions, please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you.
Posted on May 02, 2010
The problem is you are probably using too much detergent, or non-HE detergent, causing extra residue. I recommend using Affresh*place in drum, not dispenser* with a full-length sanitary cycle.
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