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Mildew and Smells

My machine has recenty developed a thick black mildew-type build-up around the door and drum rubber and there is an awful musty smell from inside the machine. The clothes smell worse after a cycle than when I ut them in! How do I stop this and, when stopped how can I remove the build-up?
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    Same issue!  It seems like the rubber gasket doesn't pitch back into the washer drum and the water pools.  I don't think it's a machine pump issue.  Help!?

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It sounds like your drain from your washer has lint buid up,so when your machine is syphoning water back in the tuits only a small amount but when water sits on something and has air it turns black then into mold,clean your drain at your house,if you atill get this youll have to check your pump motor it has lint in it and has to be cleaned,also check your machine to see if it has a filter it could be clogged that will be in your owners manual,if this helps please vote me a fix ya

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PERIODICALLY RUN THE WASHER ON A CLEANING CYCLE. Place the washer on the hottest setting you have (usually a Sanitary cycle) with nothing but bleach in the wash tub. Some newer models actually have a "Clean Cycle" available now just for this purpose. This helps keep the wash tub, drain lines and pump sanitized.

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LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN IF POSSIBLE. When not in use, leave the door open to allow the tub to air out and to keep mold and mildew from forming on the door bellow. I know this may not be desirable in some households with small children. If too much mildew forms on the rubber and it cannot be removed, replacement of the bellow may be required.

NOTE: This problem is common with front loader style washing machines. The doors on these machines have an air tight/water tight seal that is great for sealing the washer during the wash cycle, but can be terrible for collecting small garments and for not allowing the tub to properly air out when not in use. Following these simple preventive measures can go a long way towards preventing harmful mold and mildew, and towards extending the life of the door bellow and pump.



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