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Strong Musty odor

My Kenmore 80 series washer has a strong musty mildew odor. I would like to clear that up. Clorox and hot water thru the system doesn't help. Drains are OK.

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    MY KENMORE 80 SERIES WASHER HAS A STRONG MUSTY ODER - THE WASHER IS ABOUT 4 YRS OLD -THE SMELL JUST STARTED ABOUT 3MONTHS AGE - I HAVE TRIED CLOREX,TILEX, PINE-SOL BUT THE SMELLSTILLCOMES BACK

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You will have take it apart, removing the wash tub and all top plastic parts. I just finished taking mine apart do to a mouse that chewed a larg hole in my water tub, and notice tons if old gunk mold and build up. It smells and will not go away unless you scrub it. Sorry to say it is all internal pouring clensers will only wash thru the tubes.

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