Question about Frigidaire ATF6000ES Front Load Washer
I own a Frigidaire Front Load washer, Model # LTF2140ES3. I have owned it for less than two years now. I have the same problem so many do with the rubber ring (that keeps the water from leaking during the wash cycle) retaining water after the cycle is finished, leading to mold and mildew growth. I have taken some of the advice I found on this site, and use bleach and other cleaning agents periodically to help reduce that awful stench it leaves on my clothing. However, this seems pitifully inadequate, and quite the pain in the rear. I have four young boys, and do laundry constantly, and the occasional cleaning with bleach just doesn't keep up. Before I know it, I get loads out of the dryer that reek (you can't always tell until AFTER you dry them, then you can smell the stench once it starts heating up---terrible!)
Aside from having any remedy from the company itself (has anyone had any success with that??) I am looking at other options to make the washer I have work better. What would you say to this: Suppose I drilled small holes in the bottom of the rubber ring, in various places, similar to the ones that are already there, to allow for the remaining water to drain properly. Obviously it would "damage" the seal where I drill the holes, but would it cause any damage to any other parts of the machine? I assume that since it already has existing holes and appears to be one piece, it would be all right to drill more and allow it to drain back into the tub or wherever the other holes drain into.
But you know where assuming gets you..............
Do you see any contraindication do trying this?? Or maybe you have a better suggestion? The periodic cleaning isn't working, and I DO keep the door open. I am quickly becoming frustrated enough to consider spending more hard-earned money on a new washer that doesn't leave my clothes smelling like the dog wore them all day...................
We've had our Frigidaire front load washer for 6 years now, and
until about 2 months ago, it smelled absolutely horrible. I tried the
things I was told to do....hot water/bleach cycle, wiping the slime from
the rubber seal, and leaving the door open....it didn't work.
I was told about Norwex laundry detergent - Norwex is a company which produces green cleaning products - the detergent is a quickly biodegradable, highly concentrated powder, and all I need is a 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon per load. After about one week of using the Norwex detergentI noticed that the smell was completely gone and hasn't returned, even with the door kept close in between loads! Also,the gross slime that used to collect in the rubber seal is no longer a problem.
I don't know why this detergent fixes the smell problem, but I've talked with others who have had the same great results with it - their smell issue was solved.Perhaps it's because it contains no animal fat products? The HE liquid detergent produced the worst smell and mildew issues for me.
Another benefit of the Norwex detergent is how economical it is - it comes in a2kg bag for about $25, and in a front load machine you will get approx.800 loads from it using the above mentioned quantity/load which is great as I have 4 little ones and am constantly doing laundry. It's really an amazing product! You can buy it online - www.Norwex-Healthy-Cleaning.com is a great site to buy from.
Posted on Apr 18, 2009
Not sure whether this post should be in the "i have this problem too" area or the "i can fix this problem" -- but since my problem has been partially resolved, I'll post in the fix it area.
after a very long and tenacious phone session with customer services, I did get my agent to agree to send me a new seal.
Since she had maintained that the problem was NOT the seal but was with my housekeeping skills (!), it took a great deal of patience balanced with tenacity to get her to agree to this.
Since she would not admit that there was any problem with the seal, she told me that the replacement would be exactly the same seal. Imagine my surprise then, when it arrived and was designed quite differently. Instead of a pleated compartment, it's just one continuous "rut" that has to be cleaned out - and that makes it much easier to clean. AND there are holes inside the "rut" that theoretically should help the seal to drain better - but the holes are placed in such a way that you have to use your hand to create an incline for the water to drain back a bit in order to optimize the draining feature.
I fortunately had a service contract so with the seal being free (cost was $150 if I had agreed to pay for it), this didnt' cost me anything.
BUT, it was clear that the "party line" with the company is that they don't acknowledge that there is a problem with the seal, so they are not going to agree to replace it without some determination on the consumer's part. Feel free to quote me here if you decide to push the issue with Frigidaire.
I still don't believe that an appliance meant to be a convenience should require so much work -- if this seal doesn't do the trick, I'm thinking of buying a wash board to do my laundry - it might be less work than cleaning that seal every time!
Posted on Mar 20, 2009
Cloggie45 is an a$$. ******* and get a life comment on something that will help someone not you opinion.
Posted on Sep 05, 2009
I have the same problem of water retainage and smell. I agree with IFIXALL that a class action law suit like that on Maytag Neptune should be considered.
Posted on Jul 19, 2008
Same problem here. Frigidaire front loader. Disgusting mold issues. Purchased at howards appliances. I even have an extended warranty. They are trying to tell me the rubber gasket is considered "cosmetics" how hard can i Laugh!!! what a joke. The front loader manufacturers have been aware of this problem for years!!!!!! Does anyone remember having a mold issue with a top loader? Of course not. And why should we have to wipe up a gasket or any part of the machine after each and every wash. Obviously they know of this "defect" and do not want to do anything about it! I blame the manufacturer and retail stores for not issuing a stronger warning.
Posted on Dec 26, 2011
I am having the same issues as all of you! Calling them tomorrow and if they don't fix it, I will be more than happy to be a part of the lawsuit. My email is email@example.com if anyone has any information regarding the lawsuit.
Posted on Sep 19, 2008
I don't think this mold and smelly condition is unique to any brand of front load washer. I first heard of it before I purchased my Frigidaire, from my best friend who owns a Bosch. My sister has since purchased an LG model and has the same issue. In some of the paperwork that I do have (missing the operator manual) it tells you that it will happen and to leave dispenser and door open when not in operation. That doesn't look great but, whateva, I'll just close the door to the laundry room.
Posted on Sep 18, 2008
We purchased the LTF2140ES3 for all of the same reasons, energy savings, water savings and wash efficiency. In the past several months we have noticed the foul smell in the clothing, as well as other people around us have noticed! My wife changed detergents a few times thinking that may have been the problem. It did not help. I was actually searching the Internet for the Spin and No Drain issue I am having with machine and came upon this page. I can't believe that after paying so much for a highly recommended machine only to have these types of problems. Also, my kids, wife and I have been having skin irritations and rashes, headaches, and other flu like health problems. Anyone else having any of this too? Who would have connected the dots to realize the foul stench odor was coming from the washer mold and mildew buildup. I have not contacted Frigidaire as of this writing, but will do so Monday. I am open to a class action law suit only since most Consumers will only try to solve this problem by changing detergents and not realize it is the washer itself. I will be contacting the law firm Monday as well. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on Sep 14, 2008
There is obviously an issue with this design in that must have a water tight seal between the door and the tub area and yet when it pumps water out to drain.. some water remains in gasket nooks and crannies. This problem is not unique to one manufacturer and yet the problem exists with no known solution. I have used AFRESH tablets ( purchased at Home Depot) and they do help a little but not for a prolonged period of time. I believe that all the suggestions stated in the previous correspondence will help ( wipe the gasket, use bleach to kill off mold etc) but in my opinion, the best solution is to leave the door open for everything to air dry. A quick wipedown of the gasket would help this drying process and minimize the mold from standing water, The problem is a fundamental design flaw and we all end up having to live with it. It's sad that these manufacturers did not do their homework and address this at the design stage. ( I am reconsidering the use of a "solar powered clothes dryer"... I.E Rope between two trees.). Hang in there kids...
Posted on Aug 31, 2008
Contact Mark Tamblyn @ 916-568-1100 or email@example.com. He is supposed to be getting a class action lawsuit together. I just emailed him about the same problem with the same machine. I haven't checked out the firm, yet, but I am going to do some online research and see what I can come up with.
The main reason I was on this site is because my machine is not spinning right and won't drain. Have you had this problem? It seems like a lot of people have. If I had known this was going to happen, I would have stuck with my 20 year old Kenmore!
Posted on Jul 29, 2008
This is all too much like the Maytag Neptune Issue,sorry to say alot of people are upset.Contact the manufacturer ASAP ,there may be a class action law suit if this follows the pattern that is emerging.The answer to correct this HAS to come from the manufacturer not from a service tech out on the field,otherwise I would be telling you now.
Posted on May 21, 2008
Tssk tssssk, why oh why is this going on?
A foul smell in your machine? Have you checked your water source yet?
Why always blame it on the people that make the machines? In Europe they have these kind of machines for ages already, and nobody has a complaint. So why al of a sudden it seems to be a problem on the American continent?
Ah, wait, lawyers have to live too I think. What a ******** al this. Get a cloth and wipe the rubber once a week or so, tjezus, how difficult is that?
Posted on Aug 29, 2008
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