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Water smells when draining

I clean the washer once a month with bleach and it still smells. I have mold growing on the top of the inside of the soap dispenser. I've tried qtips dipped in clorox but i can't get it all. This machine is high maintence which no one told you about when we bought it.

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  • Anonymous Aug 21, 2008

    Absolutely agree!!!! Everytime I call the warranty department to come and check my smelly washer, they accuse me of using the wrong soap or tell me that I'm not cleaning it enough.............I was never told that my "top of the line" washer would require round the clock care!!! I've had it!!

  • vickiroberts Aug 26, 2008

    My washer also often smells-I have looked through the manual, but I don't see what else should be periodically cleaned. (I periodically take out and clean the dispenser and also clean out the area underneath the rubber door gasket.) I also bleach it often, but it just seems like there is something somewhere I am missing.

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Put yourself out of misery - get rid of it !!!! It will never get better...

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