I recently bought this washer in Home Depot. i have only used it about 5 times when one morning i open the machine and found water inside (2 full buckets of it to be exact!!!!) after i drained it, the water looked dirty and smelled bad. i washed two loads and after i found a little bit of water after a few hours. there was nothing in the filter on both times.
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Re: Water accumulates inside the washer
I guess you have washer drain pipe plumbed into a spigot on the sink trap. if so, when you empty sink, some of the water goes down the washer drain pipe and ends up filling your machine. to cure, take the drain pipe as high up as possible under the sink in a swan neck and that should cure it. its a common problem
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It is likely that the fill valve located inside the rear panel is leaking, especially if you leave the supply lines turned on all the time. One annoying fix is to turn off the water supply after each laundry session but than you have to remember to turn the water on again next time
unplug the washer, get at home depot "SILICON LUBRICANT", remove the fill hose, with a small screwdriver scrape the screen of the water valve and spray the lubricant to remove silt. repeat the proccess as needed. do the same at the faucet side. get new screens at home depot too. connect the fill hose at the faucet and take out the drain hose. put the other side at the drain and open the faucet to purge any dirt-silt for 2 to 5 minutes. install new screens at faucet side but not at valve side(valve has one already). open faucet and test wash. good luck to you.
I have the same problem. The only problem that I have is not knowing how much water will eventually go into the tub. It takes about 4 or 5 days to accumulate about a gallon. I called the Whirlpool service center and the woman said they recomend turning the water off after each use-I think this is ridiculous. If going away on vaca maybe. Rob
Unfortunately this problem can occur with all front loaders made by any manufacturer. The problem results from excessive soap and body oils that do not fully dissolve and/or rinse clean from inside the inner and out tubs. Front loaders are energy efficient and only use a little water so any build up between the tubs that gets higher than the water level is left behind. It is also natural that some moisture collects between the folds of the door gasket and, if not wiped out, will mildew over time.
Not to worry, a few changes in use (as compared to top load washers) can easily eliminate your current problem and keep it from returning.
First of all, make sure to ONLY use HE (high efficiency) detergent and make sure to use no more than 2-3 tablespoons per load (because too much detergent will cause oversudsing, not break down efficiently and build up between the inner and outer tubs).
To eliminate the problem you now have I highly recommend a product called Whirlout (available at Home Depot in the hot tubs section). Just one capful in an empty load with the hottest water cylce will break down the current build up and take care of any odors (a 2nd cycle if the problem is really bad).
To avoid any problems in the future, use the correct amount and type of HE detergent, wipe the door gasket dry when done with the laundry (for the day, week or however you do your laundry) and run an empty cycle once a month with a capful of Whirlout. If your machine is in a high humidity location (i.e. a basement), then leave the washer door cracked open when not in use.
I have an LG washer that had the same problem. Go to the site www.nufreshnow.com and read all about why this is happening, how to fix it and how to keep it from comming back. A few different ways of cleaning the machine are explained.
The site sells a product that you may or may not need but the explanations are really good.
Same here. We bought ours January 2005. Love the machines and take great care of them, too. Then the smell in the washer which seemed to affect certain clothes, like thick sweat pants and t-shirts (they smelled really "sour"). After doing some searches I found on this site where someone had recommended using a product called Affresh. I figured I might as well try it since my other attempts failed. This really worked for me. I bought it at Home Depot for $7 for a pkg of 3. I used 3 tablets per their directions, as this was my first time using it (afterwards they recommend using only 1 tablet per month). I was totally amazed as the smell was gone. I hope it works for you, too!
White vinegar is NEVER a bad choice and I would use that.. start a wash ( without clothes) and when the washer fills with water.. stop it and open the door... add a cup or two of white vinegar and let it cycle thru ..When completed, leave the door open to allow the inside to air out... You can also use a product sold at Home Depot and other home improvement places called AFRESH ... hope that helps...
Same problem and I was told to only use detergents with "HE" on the front of them for high energy. the soap without HE is too foamy and hence never truly drains out and causes a mildew smell. I also purchased something called "A" Fresh that I run in the washer every 6 weeks to keep the smell out. I got it at an appliance store for about $11.00 for 3 tablets