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Washer smells moldy even though the door is left open between batches Could the filter need cleaning?

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  • freeman13905 Jul 28, 2010

    Wrong! There is a filter according to an appliance repair man. You need to remove a front panel and have the washer tilted back so water doesn't flow out (Why do new front loads not drain completely?) and pull out what looks like a cylinder. The repair man I talked to said a sock can even get lodged in it!

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No filter there to clean need to visit smelly washer.com and run that stuff thru a cycle

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