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Finding black debrie on clothes from wash machine

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  • jzl8080 Jun 02, 2010

    The material looks like a black leaf. It is not greasy and crumbles to the touch. I suspected it might be from the sacrificial rod in the hot water heater. Replaced heater about two months ago but still get this material.


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Please indicate the make and exact model number of the washer to proceed with precise troubleshooting. You don't have to accept/reject and rate this post before you can post additional information.

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Hello. Check the seal at the bottom of the washer. It may be worn and deteriorating. This causes grease from the bearings to enter the drum and get on the clothes. J.

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  • jzl8080 Jun 01, 2010

    This debrie looks like pieces of a leave, have one that is about 3/4" x 1/2" insize.Most are smaller. I checked with a magnet and it's not attracked. It falls off the clothes when they are shaken.


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