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I recently purchased a home which this washer was included. It has a moldy odor. I cleaned it out under rubber ring but seems to keep coming back. What can I do?

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The door seal will need to be replaced. Once the mold sets in deep it will keep reappearing every couple weeks or so. Here is a link that will help with the door seal. It's a different model but a similar procedure would be used. Replacing a door seal

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