Question about Bosch Nexxt Premium WFMC6400UC Front Load Washer

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I have two problems with my washer...

1) Water always settles in the rubber door seal. I have to manually clean it/empty it because it gets mildewy and smells. I also have to leave the door open after a load to help avoid the mildew growth & smell.

2) We can only use the washer on "warm". Any other setting blows the circuit breaker!

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  • gulan Jul 02, 2008

    I have a problem with my front loader smelling like mold due to a small amount of water sitting in the rubber ring by the door. I think I have mold growing under it... I cannot wipe it out and continually spray with bleach and wipe out after a day's washing. I am not getting rid of the smell. Do I need to get a new washer?

  • twodogfox Jul 05, 2008

    I also have a horrible smelly hamper type smell in my Bosch Nexxt WFMC 3200UC. It seems to be way too much smell for just that water collecting around that seal. I also leave the door open after a load to make sure it dries out. I felt there had to be something molding under the drum as well for that smell. I have another brand of front loader at a second home and it does not smell.

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  • flickie Aug 14, 2008

    The washer has a moldy smell even though I dry the gasket after doing a load. Foul smell. Had a small sock and nickle size felt piece sucked into the pump and needed repair. Never had any thing like this happen in my 50 years of washing.

  • Anonymous Sep 01, 2008

    mold on gasket in front-loading Bosch Nexxt. Tried scrubbing it with bleach


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Probleml 1 ..normal on ALL front loads problem 2 better call service sounds like may be wiring issue if you want to do a quick ck yourself remove top 2 screws on rear edge of top panel look for bare wires around fill valve possibly pinched wire to cabinet during build

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