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Keep getting FH beeping problem...even with NO detergent...anybody got an idea? tried running a cycle in sanitation, with cup of bleach to see if its clogged due to my well water high in iron...

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  • subanda Jul 16, 2010

    ok, second problem: cleaned out clogged screen on both hot and cold water lines, both ends. but same FH alert! hubby says one time before, similar problem, well water residue, had to remove and clean out inlet valve assembly? does that sound right? how hard and where do i start on this machine? musta been dirty for too long we figure...and i thought it was a suds problem! geesh...

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Hi,

"FH" is a No Water Detect error.It is an indication that you either have no water coming into the washer, or very little water at all. Check whether the water taps are turned on sufficiently, the inlet hoses are not kinked, the water inlet valve is not clogged, you don't have a siphoning issue, and/or the drain pump is working.


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Posted on Jul 15, 2010

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  • subanda Jul 16, 2010

    ok, second problem: cleaned out clogged screen on both hot and cold water lines, both ends. but same FH alert! hubby says one time before, similar problem, well water residue, had to remove and clean out inlet valve assembly? does that sound right? how hard and where do i start on this machine? musta been dirty for too long we figure...and i thought it was a suds problem! geesh...

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WHY IS THERE A BUILD UP OF SLIME / MOULD ON DOOR SEAL. HAVE TO KEEP SCUBBING OFF.


How to Remove Mold and Mildew from Front Load Washing Machines Today...

How to Remove Mold and Mildew from Front-Load Washing Machines

moldy-smell-washing-machine-1.jpg Front-load washing machines are notorious for collecting mold.
I've had my front-loading washing machine for about four years, and it has some great advantages - it's quiet, fast, uses less water and detergent, and gently tumbles (rather than yanking) my clothes. In general, I've been so pleased with it that I was shocked one day when I opened the door and was nearly knocked unconscious by a fetid blast of moldy-smelling air!
How could a machine that's so wonderful, suddenly turn so horribly smelly?
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Gaskets hold moisture.
The answer is in the way the machine is designed. Front-loading washing machines have watertight, airtight doors that seal with a rubber gasket. That rubber seal traps moisture in the machine and also provides the perfect nooks and crannies for mold and mildew to grow.
Top-loading washing machines, on the other hand, have a rather loose fitting metal door that easily allows the tank to dry out between loads.
The problem isn't helped by our laundry preferences. High sudsing detergents and liquid fabric softeners leave behind residues and films that invite mold growth. Cold-water cycles and mild, eco-friendly detergents don't quite blast away residues like their environmentally-unfriendly counterparts.
So, to keep mold at bay, front-load washers need just a bit more maintenance than top-loading machines.

How to Get Rid of Mold and Smells in Top-Load Washers

If you've got a stinky front-load washing machine, here's how to get it smelling fresh again:
    moldy-smell-washing-machine-3.jpg Cleaning gasket on washer.
  • Clean Gasket: Use a rag or towel to clean the rubber door gasket on a front-loading washer with either hot soapy water or a spritz of mildew cleaner. Make sure to wipe underneath and around it as well. Be prepared for some slime and gunk, and possibly a stray sock or two!
  • Clean Dispensers: Remove the detergent dispensers and give them a good scrubbing. If they don't come out, clean them as best you can, using a bottle or pipe cleaner to reach back into the crevices.
  • Run Cleaning Cycle: Next, run an empty wash cycle on the longest, hottest water setting (or a tub-cleaning cycle, if you have it). Add one of the following directly to the wash tub:
    • 1 cup of bleach.
    • 1 cup of baking soda.
    • 1/2 cup of powdered enzymatic dishwasher detergent (such asCascade Complete).
    • A commercial residue-busting washer cleaner (such as Affresh orSmelly Washer).
    moldy-smell-washing-machine-4.jpg Commercial cleaning pellets.
  • Repeat Cleaning Cycle: If the problem persists, repeat the cleaning cycle and consider trying a different additive. It might take several cycles to get the smell out.
  • Professional Help: If you've tried every way to clean your front-load washer and it still smells, you may have mold growing back behind the drum, or possibly a clogged drain or filter. A qualified repair person can dismantle the machine and clean it for you, or you can unplug the machine and carefully explore and clean it yourself.

Preventative Maintenance

Once your machine is clean, follow these tips to keep it that way:
    moldy-smell-washing-machine-5.jpg Allow washer tub to dry.
  • Air It Out: If possible, leave the door of the front-load washer cracked open to allow it to dry thoroughly between cycles. However, you shouldn't do this if you have children or pets who could be tempted to climb (and possibly become trapped) inside the machine.
  • Remove Loads Promptly: Be sure to remove wet clothes as soon as the cycle is finished. Set your washer to beep when it's done, so you don't forget.
  • Choose Detergent Wisely: Choose low-sudsing detergents specifically made for high-efficiency (HE) machines. When possible, choose powder over liquid; liquid detergents are usually higher in suds.
  • moldy-smell-washing-machine-6.jpg Clean washer dispensers.
  • Use Less Detergent: Read the labels and use no more than the amount recommended for each load. Experiment with using less detergent, until you find the minimum amount necessary (sometimes just a spoonful) to get your clothes clean.
  • Avoid Fabric Softener: Liquid fabric softeners leave residue that contributes to mold in front-load washers. Instead, use dryer sheets or dryer balls to soften your clothes.
  • Dry Gaskets: Use an old towel to wipe around and underneath the door gaskets and the inside of the door on front-loading washers. Ideally, you should so this after every cycle, but at the very least it needs a periodic wipe down to remove any water or mildew trapped in the folds.
  • Use Bleach: About once a month, run a hot water bleach cycle. I usually take the opportunity to throw in work towels, fabric shower curtains, and muddy gardening clothes, along with that nasty gasket-cleaning towel.
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Good Luck

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How do I keep my front loading washer from smelling like mildew


Hi Cheyenne! There are a variety of ways to keep your machine smelling clean. The first and foremost is to make sure you are using the correct kind detergent for your machine.

Do you have a high efficiency washer? If so, be sure you should be using detergent that specifically states it's safe for use in a HE machine. There is a little HE emblem on the detergent bottle or box that clearly states it's safe for your machine, and the machine requires a very small amount when using the correct detergent. The wrong type can cause too many suds. The more suds = the more residue to get stuck in the nooks and crannies where mold can live and breed.

The next tip is to make sure you do not leave wet clothing in the washing machine, that isn't as easy as it sounds, I know ... but it is a big cause of mildew. Also try leaving the door open between washes to allow the interior to dry. With the door closed the water from the last load is unable to dissipate and will eventually mildew. But good news! Even if you've already developed that nasty smell, there are solutions!

Clean the inside of the machine by wiping the interior (drum, door, rubber seal...everything!) using bleach, white vinegar or your favorite household cleanser. They also sell tablets designed just for this problem in the same section you buy detergent and fabric softeners.
make sure you really scrub the the rubber seal, it is often the biggest culprit as there are a lot of nooks and crannies for the mildew to hide out in.

If you have an HE machine, remove the detergent tray and sterilize it

Finally, run a clean cycle on the machine by adding 1/4 cup of bleach or white vinegar to the detergent tray and run the machine through a hot wash cycle. Some machines have a "Sanitize Cycle, and this really does the job. Once that is done, air out the washer overnight: .

Another way to keep that smell from coming back is to put one tablespoon of baking soda in the drum after each load. This will continue to absorb smells while you aren't using the washer, and will be beneficial to the next load of laundry!

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Mouldy very smelly rubber seal around the door of machine. Normally only use 40 degree or lower washes have tried washing at 90degrees but has made smell much worse.


Hello, W/D here.

If you feel around the underside of the bellows seal (the rubber piece that extends from the door opening to the tub), you will feel that it is slimy and will have debris stuck in it. Use paper towels or similar to remove as much as you can all the way around the circumference of the seal. Mix up a solution (about a quart/liter) of bleach and water in a 50-50 ratio, and wipe down the underside of the seal liberally, then clean the facing side as well. Pour the remainder of the solution into the tub of the washer, along with two more cups of bleach. Fill all of the dispenser cups (detergent/softener/bleach) with bleach, and select the hottest, longest cycle available. For us, this is the "sanitary" cycle. Run this cycle, and follow this with a normal cycle to remove the bleach residue. Front loaders are more prone to moisture build up than top loaders, and, for this reason, they are more likely to produce mold and foster bacterial growth. One very good thing to do after the sanitizing cycle that you just ran is to leave the door open between wash cycles. Top loading machines were normally left open as a matter of convenience, and did not produce as much of the smells associated with front loaders. This was due to air being allowed to circulate freely in the machine between washes, keeping the moisture contend lower,making it harder for growth to occur. Top loaders also drained around the seals better due to gravity. Even with the door being left open, you may have to run a sanitizing cycle as before from time to time. How often depends on your washing pattern, the quality of your water and other variables, so let your nose be your guide. In the most severe cases of odor, where the seal itself is permeated with bacterial growth, the seal can be replaced. Other options can also include removal and cleaning of the strainer. Normally, these are not required. Regular cleanings with proper air flow will normally be sufficient to keep the washer sweet smelling.
Try the cleaning first, as this normally does the trick, and leave the door open. If need be, post again, and one of us will guide you through the process further.
Best regards, --W/D-- Please take a moment to rate this solution. Thanks.

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Hi Clare. Yours is a common complaint, but easily remedied. In your owners manual, you will find that it is recommended to run the "sanitize" cycle every 30 days. This will kill any mold or mildew inside the machine, and keep it from smelling inside. If you havent been doing this, it will be a little harder to get it clean. The sanitize cycle heats the water to 185 degrees ( approx.) My advice would be to run a sanitize cycle once a week for the next month. Put a cup of bleach in the detergent dispenser each time you run the sanitize cycle for the next 4 times ( without clothing inside). Also, leave the door open overnight after completing your wash. This will allow the internal wash drum to dry out and eliminate any chance of mold or mildew inside. When you see a drip down the front of the machine, it is usually lint or hair stuck to the bottom of the glass door where the seal contacts the bottom of the door. Keep this area clean and lint free and your leaking should stop.

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