Have 7 year old Fisher-Paykel top loading washer. In recent months have noticed musty odor in towels following washing. The odor seems to go away after drying but when using the towel following a shower the odor is horrible. Am now getting the same odor in other clothing.
Washer seems to be working fine but this odor is awful.
I would say that you are getting a build up of soap and oil from our bodies, on the inside of your wash bowl.
The Tubs pull out of the washing machine really easy and then you can water blast the two tubs.Solves this problem?
Once you learn how to pull the tub out you can also clear a blocked pump.
I have a after market lint filter fitted to my F&P washing machine,works wonders .
ask your local whiteware Man for some hints on a Bowl removal.
A five minute job???
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You need to clean your filters and pump out, after which, you need to flush the system with white vinegar and water 50:50 make up a bucket of solution, and after cleaning all the lines pump, and filters, put the solution in the bowl, and run the short cycle to push the water through, this should help. You need to wash all parts in same type solution or bleach.
Hello. Your washer needs a cleansing. To do this be sure there are no clothes in the washer. Pour in two cups of white vinegar. Run the washer on the fullest water and hottest setting. This will clean it thoroughly. Repeat if necessary. J.
Once towels have had mold grow on them, it's unlikely you will ever get rid of that smell. You can usually tell a towel has had mold grow by discolorations on solid color towels. You probably need to start over with new towels, make sure they are washed and dried frequently and that they don't stay damp for long after showering. If you live in a humid climate, a towel warming rack will help with drying.
Interesting article explaining the problem associated with Front Loader Washing Machines and new products to combat the mold/fungus build up inside them.. Check it out....------------------------------------------------------------ Consumers who own front-loading washing machines should use only about one-quarter of the recommended amount of high-efficiency, or HE, low-sudsing detergent. Standard, non-HE detergents in front-loaders are too sudsy.
Why don't top-loading machines have this problem? Less efficient top-loaders that use more water typically flush out excess suds, soil, detergent and fabric softener.
Class-action lawsuits against manufacturers such as LG, Whirlpool and Maytag have been filed, alleging mold and mildew problems in front-loading washers.
Some suits have been settled while others are pending, affecting hundreds of thousands of consumers, said Rob Shelquist, a partner at the Lockridge Grindal Nauen firm in Minneapolis.
According to Whirlpool, the low water use and airtight seals on HE front-loaders create the potential for odor-causing mold and mildew. Whirlpool has its own anti-odor product, Affresh, which sells for $7 for three treatments. SmellyWasher is more expensive than Affresh initially ($16 for 24 treatments), but Flynn's product lasts a year.
SmellyWasher can be used as a preventive monthly or less often if smaller amounts of detergent are used. Affresh is also used monthly, but a $7 packet of three tablets lasts only three months. Flynn's product will remove musty odors from towels or clothing, which Affresh does not claim to do. Getting rid of problem To eliminate odors, Smellywasher users should put a capful of Flynn's product in the detergent dispenser, select the hottest water temperature and the extra-large load to fill the empty washer with the largest amount of water. Let the water agitation start and then stop the washer and allow the solution to soak for two to four hours. Repeat as necessary and allow to soak overnight if needed.
Flynn said that the product works best in hot water. Consumers might want to run the faucet closest to the washing machine until the water is hot before starting the process or turn up their water heater temperature until the load is finished. (Remember to turn the temp back down to avoid scalding.) Flynn offers a money-back guarantee. Stubborn cases of mold and mildew might require five to seven treatments.
Susie Thymian is such a believer that she now sells SmellyWasher in her own store, McGinnis Appliance in Morris, Minn. Thymian had blamed the musty smell from her towels on her teenagers, who often leave wet towels in a pile in their bedrooms. Her kids' solution to the stink was to use more towels. Thymian's answer was to use more bleach in the laundry, but nothing got rid of the mystery mold odor until she found Flynn's product.
I had this problem last year. I was not using HE detergent. The other detergent was causing soap scum to build up in the drain hoses. After they were cleaned (it took more than one time taking it apart and cleaning), and we started using HE detergent, it worked fien with no odor.
You will have take it apart, removing the wash tub and all top plastic parts. I just finished taking mine apart do to a mouse that chewed a larg hole in my water tub, and notice tons if old gunk mold and build up. It smells and will not go away unless you scrub it. Sorry to say it is all internal pouring clensers will only wash thru the tubes.