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I hear water in the washer drum & smells. How do I get that water out?

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I have a Kenmore Elite HE 4T and just went through this too. My husband took off the bottom of the washer to expose the drain. The black drain hose that comes down from the tub leads into an approx. 4" white "lint" trap that connects to the pump and the gray drain hose. He took off the white trap and it was awful. There was debris and stagnet water-the smell was awful. Needless to say, we removed it and cleaned it and put it back in. Ran 2 cycles of white vinegar and bleach and checked the trap again-it ran clean. I guess what they neglect to tell you is to clean that trap periodically. That solved the problem.

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Residual water in the drum is NORMAL. Since the drain pump and drain lines are at the lowest point of the drainage system, gravity will ALWAYS keep some water in the lines and pump. However, if you have water visibly present in the wash basket, then you may have a blockage in the drain system somewhere. Most often, the drain pump can become clogged with debris over time and need to cleaned out. The following link explains how:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3574284-checking_the_drain_pump_on_a_front_loade

Debris in the drain pump and/or drain lines can contribute to foul odors being present in the washer. In addition, NOT leaving the door open between washes can cause the tub to become stagnant. The manufacturer recommends leaving the door OPEN between washes to allow the tub to air out and to prevent mold and mildew from forming. The following link can give you some pointers on things to do to get rid of odors and prevent them from coming back:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r513372-front_loader_mildew_odor

If you have any questions about these procedures, please post back with your MODEL NUMBER and let me know. I hope you find this information helpful.

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