Question about GE Energy Star WCVH6260F Front Load Washer
WHAT DO I DO TO GET RID OF THE MILDEW SMELL? PLEASE HELP
Occasionally have had a mildew smell with my washer too, but hadn't tried opening the drain plug. I discovered one penny, very little lint, enough water to half-fill a 9x13 baking dish, pretty clean looking. We've had our washer for over two years. Why don't I have a problem here? Hmmm...Here's my two bits:
Fully unload pants pockets before washing: pencils, coins, but especially Kleenex! Zip zippers closed, hook bras closed. Don't overpack the washer or it doesn't rinse that well. (These suggestions are for reducing lint & objects in the drain, also keeping your clothes from getting ripped up). Since I always do this, maybe that's why I don't get the buildup in the first place (or the ripping mentioned in another place on Fixya).
After each washing--"Appliance Brainiac" mentions this too--open up the folded area of gray rubber at the bottom of the door opening (fold the flap back toward you) and wipe it down with a rag--an old washcloth kept in the laundry room for that purpose, for instance. This area also accumulates water, plus you can tell if you're using too much soap if there are ANY suds there. As "Guest" noted, you can also pull back the second layer of rubber and clean up those small drain holes too, as they will accumulate some guck in the long run. Maybe my doing this regularly kept another mildew culprit at bay, plus it also taught me how to gauge how much soap was too much.
After each washing, I also wipe down the glass so I don't have any water spots, AND I LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN for 24 hours so the washer can air out. If I close it, I do get the mildew smell.
For you with mildew, the above are preventive steps for the future. For killing existing mildew, Appliance Brainiac seems to have hit it on the head with Affresh. I'd have tried running an empty load with Clorox bleach, but--I never have so I can't suggest that it actually works.
Last note--I live in the desert, so I don't expect mildew. If you live in, say, Florida, you're going to have to be really aggressive with the standing water that does indeed sit in places in the machine--wipe downs and regular treatments, the occasional draining. Good luck, hope this was helpful--GrannyWrench
Posted on Jul 01, 2008
I've had my GE WCVH6260F washer for 20 months and my clothes began coming out of the washer with lint lines on them. I took the advice of "rvman" and took the panel off of the washer below the door and opened the white drain plug. To my surprise I found 4 short pencils, 3 quarters and a small amount of lint in the trap. I also pulled back the rubber liner at the bottom of the tub and found that all of the drainage holes were clogged with lint. I took a bobby pin and cleaned out the small holes and used a very small brush to pull out the lint from the bottom-most drainage hole. I no longer have standing water and the mildew smell has subsided. I wish the manufacturer would include these simple fixes in their manual. Thank you rvman for saving me a service call.
Posted on Jun 18, 2008
There is a product out there called Affresh. It is a tablet that can be used on all front loaders that do not have a Clean Cycle. It works great. It comes three tables to a bag. You should use all three the first time that you do this. After that, once a month is all that is needed. Two suggestions to help eliminate the smell and mildew. One, keep a wash rag handy and wipe up any water that remains in the door seal. Second, leave the door open for a day so that the washer can air out. This applies to all front loaders, not just GE, that do not have a Clean Cycle. Also, water sometimes stays in between the inner and outer tub. This water can become stagnant and create mildew, mold, and odor problems. I hope this helps!!! -The Appliance Braniac
Posted on Apr 15, 2008
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