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, Thank you
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.
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.
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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Mine is 10 yrs old and I am just now having a problem. Clothes are too damp after last spin cycle. Hopefully, I'll get an answer here soon. Another problem I noticed a few months after I got it, with this model, is the fabric softener dispenser on top of the agitator. You have to remove it every single time and clean it. I added a little water to it before adding fabric softener and thought that would help to stretch the cleaning to maybe once or twice a week. Don't do it! I started to smell mildew and found out why. The agitator shaft that this dispenser sits on was caked with old fabric softener. I just use the blue Downey ball now. The fabric dispenser stinks but I have had 10 yrs of good washing.
When a moldy or musty smell develops in a washing machine, many times
the smell is coming from the open areas of the agitator. Water along
with soap and/or liquid softener sometimes splashes into an open
agitator, and when the lid is closed it does not dry out. Instead, mold
begins to form, and a musty smell wafts from inside the machine, even
after the lid has been opened for an extended period of time. Until the
mold is removed the washing machine will continue to smell bad, even if
it is used and allowed to air dry with the lid open.The tub can also be the source of the smell. Lint can gather and collect
in the holes, and when it does not dry fast enough it ends up smelling
musty and moldy. Even the top of the rim can become moldy and musty, but
proper cleaning can get rid of the odor.
So that said.To clean the machine,fill to just above the top row of holes in the tub.Add 2 cups of bleach.Let sit for 1-2 hours.Then let the machine run it`s wash cycle.Lastly use bleach water and a rag to wipe the machine down inside and out.If the agitator has a cup on top remove and clean with bleach.Leave the top open so the machine can dry.
Now it should smell better,if so use as normal,and leave the lid open when not in use.
F-18 means the pump is blocked. When the machine fails, there may be an "electrical" smell as the motor has laboured. This is normal. Clean on bottom right corner and you should be fine..
Open flap at the bottom righthand flap.
Keep big bucket handy for water.
Remove clear plastic attached to black tube (slowly) This will empty water from washing machine. Once empty - no water coming out from washing machine then open big opener next to tube and remove any objects inside( coins, buttons and such)
Put back clear plastic filler firmly inside as before. Close big opener next to tube. close flap
Turn machine programe knob to DRAIN. Start washing machine.
the LE error code is an over suds error.
the smell could be coming from lint and foreign object matter collected in the rubber bellows that is conected to the drain pump this should be cleaned out i hope this helps
try putting in 2 caps of a citrus or pine bleech straight in to the drum with some old rags. then select a boil wash. the rags will spray the water around the tub, the bleech will clean the tub and make it smell fresh. DON'T put any clothing in whilst doing this. if you are worried about bleech in the machine just select a rinse cycle after. i do this once every 3 months
your problem is probably the coupling that ataches the motor to the transmission , take the skirt of the washer off , take the motor off and you going to see the rubber coupling if is bad just change it , cheap part