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Washing Machine smell

Hi - I have a Samsung washing machine 3 yrs old (A1436) in the last few months it has developed a smell, I have cleaned the filter, dispenser & have checked the drains which do not smell, I have to leave the door open to disperse the smell as if it's kept shut it is very strong - I cannot put a wash in and leave it in the machine as the smell will get into the clothing, I've cleaned the rubber around the door (of which does get dirty very quickly) also i've noticed it blocks up in the door rubber and when taking washing out it will get marked by a dusty residue from the door rubber... any advice would be really appreciated,
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  • nickelodean Apr 25, 2008

    We have a samsung washing machine (about 2 years old) and I have noticed an odor as well over the last 6 months or so. We too have tried everything to get rid of it but cannot tell where it is coming from. I have checked with the people at Lowes where we bought the machine and they have no idea what it could be or what Im talking about. Any ideas? We have tried to clean the hoses, washed out the water supply line and ran bleach through the machine and checked out the filter.

  • bubbs1 Apr 25, 2008

    Hi again,

    I did another bleach run on the machine of which it helped but the smell started to re-appear after 5 washes again, just phoned Samsung for advice they are baffled too - suggested checking the drain pipe, filter, and putting it on a high maintenace wash (high hot wash with just powder in the machine) to me that's the same as doing the bleach clean and the washing machine clean I bought from the shops..... so were still waiting for some help on t his one unfortunately,

    Hope someone will come up with the answer soon,


  • beverlya Sep 05, 2008

    Our laundry smells as if we left it wet for weeks even if it is immediately put into the dryer. I have no idea how to fix this.

  • tiaf Nov 06, 2008

    I have a Hotpoint WMA 38, about 4 years old - same problem! I have tried bleach washed, vinegar washes, boiling washes, cleaned the drains ad the filter ...

    Nothing has really worked, but my local repair man suggested a way to keep it at bay: use about a cup of washing soda (I'm British, nit sure what that is in the states?) in the machine. Set at 60 degree wash. Let it fill, then add more water with a jug or hose into the soap dispenser until as high as you can before it starts to drain. Let is wash and heat. When the door feels hot, swicth it off and leave all night (or all day ...). Complete the wash cycle. Wash out the seals with the same washing soda mixture. Do it again. And again. And again - it took 4 lots before mine smelt A LOT better. I have to do this regularly - once a fortnight or so.

    I wondered whether my using eco-friendly products and low temperatures is making this worse? Home repair man thought maybe so. Any ideas? And why don't everyone's washing machines smell? I do a load pretty much every day and this is beginning to really get to me ...


  • mleedesign Dec 30, 2008

    Hi I also have a 1-2 year old front load Samsung washer. I am also experiencing a odour problem. I didn't have this problem with my fridgidaire front load washer! I called my local repair shop and they suggested that I use Cascade dish washer powder 1/2 cup on Hot and run through one cycle of washing. I have done this several times but find that the odour comes back quickly. They also suggested leaving the door open when not in use and this doesn't work either. I am hoping that someone can come up with a solution quickly it's driving me crazy!!



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The problem comes from the design of the front load washers. There is always a little water left in the tub after the machine is used. Running a bleach load will deal with the mildew until the machine is used again. I leave the door open when I am not using my washer, and this does help.

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We have the same problem. Close the door and the washer smells SO fausty!! Uggh! Tried everything internally - bleach, Febreeze, you name it - no luck. Finally decided that it must be the rubber bits - all around the door, etc. venting off into a closed space - so when you open the door - whew, uggh, etc.

Solution? Leave the door wide opne when not in use. Looks a bit dishevelled, but the rubber gets a chance to vent into the laundry area, and not get trapped in the washer. This tactic reduces the smell by 90-95%. Like I said - leaving the diir open looks a bit unfinished, but the smell is all but gone.



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Here are some easy things to try. Switch to a powder based HE detergent. Also, try using febreeze or affresh, some people have luck with these products. For more suggestions, visit the front load washer smell blog.

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