I've had my Calypso washer for a few years. For the past few months, after I have washed a load of clothes, there are grimy brown residue pieces on some of my clothes. I have cleaned around the cylinder as far as I can reach. That same grimy brown residue is around the rubber gasket and under the rim of the cylinder. Is there a filter somewhere that needs to be cleaned? The problem is getting worse. My Whirlpool repairman has no idea how to help me
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Re: grimy brown residue
The leveler and universal need to be repaced these are the parts underneath the plate in bottom ..residue and corrision are coming off and getting redeposted inside also cke recirculating tube right rear sometimes gunk will accumilate there but my money is on the universal and leveler both come in a repair kit
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It's just a build up of residue. To clean out your drum, run a hot cycle (obviously with no clothes in the machine) with half a cup of vinegar then when the cycle is finished, wipe out all the residue, and trust me there will be alot. I do this every 3 months to give the drum a good clean out.
Probably from the agitator assy. ( assuming you don't have rust probs with your water). I have had mine apart and I know first hand that there is alot of yucky stuff in there. I wiped mine as clean as possible when I fixed it (yes, they also have a tendency to strip out the gear drive from the motor), but I don't know how to get it real clean - pressure washer?
The first place that I'd check would be the small metal screens inside the openings on the water inlet valve. They can get really rusted, epecially in areas with hard water, so I would recommend removing the water supply hoses and take a gander at the screens. They can sometimes release the iron oxide into the wash water and cause brown stains or blotches on clothing. Hope this helped and best wishes.
I can assure you this IS a common problem. I can't tell you how many customers I have had in the past that complained about their Calypso's leaving the same marks on their clothing. The problem occurs because of the suction on the clothes as the washer extracts water from them during the final nunator cycle. The nunator is the wash plate that the clothes get caught in. The manufacturer's cure for this problem was to come up with a modified control board that reduces the final nunator time and minimizes the suction action on your clothing. The replacement control board part number is 8571359. I have ordered and installed this board on a few Calypso's. I'm surprised that nobody advised you of this in the past. If you call Whirpool back and they deny this, I got this information from them. It may be worth your while to contact them again to see if there is a recall on this and if they would cover the cost of the repairs.
to all that are having a problem with these calypso washers... if you have paid for a repair then you need to check out the lawsuit... calypsosettlement.com and see if it applies to you. but if you are getting a mark or a residue on your clothes, then look at the inner wash plate gasket, where it meets with the outer stainless steel tub. if there is a gap between the gasket and the tub then thats where the marks are coming from. it happens alot and thats not covered by the settlement, but its not too bad to replace the inner wash plate. you need to remove the cabinet, then the tub cover and the innerwash plate dome. then 6 screws and the cover will come off. replacing the inner wash plate will solve the stains and get you a few more years of use until you have to buy a new washer as more items may fail.