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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: mouldy mildew smell
I had the same problem and I fixed it fairly easily in about 45 minutes:
The root-cause is the incredibly stupid design of the plastic ring that snaps over the plastic wash tub. It is filled with many nooks and crannies that rarely contact the wash water, thus getting scummed up and moldy. See a picture of the gross mess here: http://www.falselaborblog.com/2008/08/moldy-maytag.html
The fix involves opening the top (easy) and removing the ring (fairly easy) and can be done yourself if you are the least bit handy.
Unplug the unit.
***If you are mold-sensitive, wear gloves and breathing apparatus or have someone do this for you.***
Tape the lid shut so it doesn't flop open when you raise the lid.
Use a putty knife to push into the front seam about 1 1/2 inch from each corner. This unlocks the top and it will open just like the hood on a car. Carefully secure this in the open position and don't let it fall on your head or your hands.
You will see plastic fasteners holding the top ring around the outer plastic wash tub. These will unsnap (you may need a flat-head screwdriver for some of them).
Carefully lift this out and try not to puke when you look at the underside (see photo http://www.falselaborblog.com/2008/08/moldy-maytag.html). Take it to a laundry tub or bathtub and thoroughly clean it by scrubbing with hot water, detergent and bleach.
Before replacing the ring, use a thin brush to clean between the upper part of the wash tub and drum---the scum and mold will be in here also.
Replace the ring in the reverse of the above steps.
Prevention: There is none. You will have to do this every 4 to 6 months to prevent mold from infesting all of your clothing, etc.
I'm experimenting with limiting wash load size to "large" and never using "super", reserving the "super" setting for running periodic (hot water + Clorox) to see if it reaches the idiotic upper ring and keeps it clean. I am not hopeful that this will eliminate the need for these overhauls.
P.S.: The person that designed this washer should have all of his/her underwear and bed linens washed in an uncleaned Maytag Atlantis for life.
Posted on Oct 01, 2008
SOURCE: samsung washing machine smell
Keeping the lid shut is one of the worst things you can do for a washer. Obviously, the company you spoke to does not know what they are talking about. It is strongly recommended that you leave the lid OPEN when not in use in order to ventilate the wash tub and allow it to dry. There is always a small amount of residual water in the drain pump and lines, however, that will not evaporate. With the lid shut this residual water can sour and cause odors.
Consumers that do not normally use a HOT water cycle, do not use bleach, or run the washer infrequently can also experience odor problems with mildew and odor. It is recommended that you run at least one HOT cycle per week, or run a cycle with bleach when washing whites to keep bacteria and odors to a minimum. I hope this advice helps you. Let me know if you require further assistance.
Posted on Oct 26, 2008
Buy whirlpool affresh washer tablets. They kill the smell in front load washers. But they work great for top loaders too!!! They are only about 10 bucks and all you have to do is read the instructions on the package and run your washer through its cycle. Then your smell should go away.
Posted on Nov 18, 2008
Make sure that you are using high efficiency (he) detergent. Pour 2 cups of vinegar in the tub and fill the detergent tray with vinegar. Run it on the hottest, longest cycle. You can also use a Front load cleaner such as Afresh, made by Whirpool. I think that Tide makes one too. Vinegar is usually readily available. At the end of washing for the day, leave the door to the washer slightly open so that fresh air can get in and dry it out keeping moldy, milduey smell down. If it mildews, use a rag and bleach water to clean the boot seal. Hope this helps.
Posted on Apr 03, 2009
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