I purchased the GE 6240 appx 3 weeks ago and it seems to be eminating a musty smell from somewhere inside the washer. The clothes wash and smell fine. The inside of the drum smells normal, but the laundry room always has a musty smell. I have smelled behind it, beneath it and all around to make sure it isn't a leak in the wall. It is definitely coming from the washer. I have read of others with the same issue from washer not draining completely. Is that really the issue and if so, is there a solution?
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Re: Musty smell, but can't tell from where
lot of machines can suffer from this problem. It is
usually down to a bacteria build up between the drum and the tub. The
of appliances that suffer form this have been used mainly on 40 degree
and with a biological detergent.
The best way to get rid of this smell is to place two tablespoons of
soda or soda crystals in the detergent drawer and then run the appliance
on the 90 degree wash. You may have to repeat this treatment
before the smell goes but it will go eventually. Hope you've checked
out & cleaned your filter.
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can't you? Thanks
I have the same problem with a 3 month old ge front loading washer.after 1 month it started off smelling musty..I thought it was my imagination, now at 3 months old our clothes smell so bad I think we might just have to buy new clothes! everytime I wash a load the clothes smell worse and now you can even smell it just walking into our closet 2 floors up. A new washing washing machine should NOT be doing this! so far leaving the door open in between washes has helped a little but I plan on tipping it back and finding the hidden filter today. Isn't it lovely that they don't mention a filter that needs monthly cleaning or it's location in the manuals?!
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there is dirty water still in the m/c do a boil wash with nothing in it buy some nice smelling conditiner and poor some of that in it also this is a tip from my mam leave the door open when not in use to let the insides dry out
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.
You might check the water inlet valve on the back of the machine where the water hooks up. There should be a blue plastic water valve. remove the water hose on both sides hot and cold. At the blue water inlet valve inside the connector there are small filtering screens (similar to an areator valve on your sink faucet) They may be clogged by sediment and this would cause your low water issue and possibly the smell. Simply pull out the screens with a pair of needle nosed pliers and replace. Hope this helped
Make shure to do a cleaning cycle. As well, wipe out the inside, the rubber gasket and the door when done washing for the day. We also have found that
leaving the door "Open" for several hours, when finnished, eliminates any future
clogged water screens , defective water level pressure switch , clogged drain, kinked drain hose ,. defective water pump , defective water tempeerture switch, damaged water valve solenoid , water inlet valve has an interal malfunction
probaly a good wash with chlorine bleach..fill tub with hot water pour 2-3 cups bleach let agitate for few mins stop machine and let set 20-30 mins restart and let finish cycle ..to head of future problem leave lid open between uses
It is the same with all the front load machines out there. I do a bleach load once a week and always leave the door unlatched. All washers always have some water left in them. You can also wipe the gasket down with a weak bleach and water mix on a rag it will help also.