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Musty smell I've noticed a musty smell when I open the top of my Kenmore Oasis. We just ran the cleaning mode with bleach, but I'm afraid it may just mask the problem, if there is one.

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  • smmdavis Jul 01, 2008

    So far, cleaning the machine has helped a great deal, but I'm hanging on to the instructions for finding 'lost' clothes, thanks!


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  • Toby Norton
    Toby Norton May 11, 2010

    Have you made sure there is nothing trapped between your basket and yout tub? If a clothing item gets tossed up in there, it can mold and mildew without being drained out. here the front panel and the top of the machine meet, there is a crack. When using a flashlight, you will see 4 items in this crack. 2 are green 2 are black. The black pieces are support studs, ignore them. The green one's are clips that hold the top to the front. Using a putty knife (easier) or a small flat head screw driver (a bit more difficult) push one of the green clips towards the rear of the machine while lifting on the top (warning they are very stiff). You can wrap the tool in a light cloth to help protect the finish, althought it may make the clips more difficult to remove. Only lift slightly (too far and it will bind on those support studs I told you about) Now press the clip on the other side and lift the top up.(now this is easier if you have a second person to hold up the lid while you work underneath. You will see your tub from a new perspective. First you will see a plastic ring around the top of the tub. Disconnect the green clamp on the hose towards the left
    rear using a pair of pliers or channel locks. The ring is held down with clips all of the way around the tub. By pressing down over each clip and pulling the clips slightly forward, you can remove the top ring. The rest is the easiest part. In the center of the basket, there is a small cap. Remove this with a small flat head
    screwdriver. Remove the bolt (7/16") that is underneath the cap. Now lift the whole basket out. If your small items get too far (ie, the pump), remove the back panel. On the left hand side you will see a small black hose towards the botom. This connects to
    the pump. Forign objects can lodge in here keeping it from draining also. If you disconnect the hoses, have something handy for all of the water to go into (large wet vac is usually the best). Drop the 3 #20 torx screws and the pump will come down
    and you can remove the obstructions.

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    has a very musty smell when you open the top

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