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Maytag HE 4t/ Kenmore Elite Smartwash Serial# CST0411376 MODEL# 11045088403 TYPE 199 712 CN/AP MY WASHER HAS A AWFUL ODOR INSIDE THE TUB. I HAVE CLEANED IT OUT WITH ALL KINDS OF CLEANERS TO TRY AND KILL THE SMELL BUT IT KEEP COMING BACK! I HAVE CONTACTED THE MAYTAG COMPANY AND THEY TOLD ME THAT THEY HAD ANY COMPLAINTS ABOUT THAT MODEL. SORRY THEY COULDN'T HELP ME! BUT THE NEXT YEARS MODEL PEOPLE HAD THE SAME PROBLEM, AND IT WAS MOLD AROUND THE RUBBER LINER THAT SEALS THE DOOR. MY LINER ALWAYS SMELLS LIKE MOLD AND, IT ALSO HOLDS DIRT AND AFTER A FEW WASHING IT SMELLS LIKE SEWER! MY MACHINE IS ONLY 3yrs OLD AND I LOVE IT! CAN YOU HELP ME? THANK YOU, catalynt@yahoo.com

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The following link provides guidance on how to maintain a front loader to keep the mold, mildew and odor away:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r513372-front_loader_mildew_odor

These are recommendations provided by the manufacturer. Most important of all, keep the rubber bellow clean and clear of debris and make sure you leave the door slightly open when not in use. This will minimize the build up of any mold or mildew and allow the tub to air out. The odor typically comes from the the residual water that stays in the wash tub under the basket and small articles of clothing getting stuck in the rubber folds of the door bellow. (I once found 17 socks stuck in a customer's washer and they wondered why it smelled so bad). NOTE: It is NORMAL to have residual water in the wash tub. If you do not routinely use a hot water setting, run the washer on a sanitary cycle about once a week, or so, with a small amount of bleach to get rid of any bacteria. Since some users conserve and only wash in cold water, they do not bacteria get rid of any bacteria inside the wash tub. I personally own one of these washers and have never had any odor or mildew problems in 8 years by following this simple advice. If you have any further questions/concerns please let me know. I hope this helps you.

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I hear water in the washer drum & smells. How do I get that water out?


Residual water in the drum is NORMAL. Since the drain pump and drain lines are at the lowest point of the drainage system, gravity will ALWAYS keep some water in the lines and pump. However, if you have water visibly present in the wash basket, then you may have a blockage in the drain system somewhere. Most often, the drain pump can become clogged with debris over time and need to cleaned out. The following link explains how:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3574284-checking_the_drain_pump_on_a_front_loade

Debris in the drain pump and/or drain lines can contribute to foul odors being present in the washer. In addition, NOT leaving the door open between washes can cause the tub to become stagnant. The manufacturer recommends leaving the door OPEN between washes to allow the tub to air out and to prevent mold and mildew from forming. The following link can give you some pointers on things to do to get rid of odors and prevent them from coming back:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r513372-front_loader_mildew_odor

If you have any questions about these procedures, please post back with your MODEL NUMBER and let me know. I hope you find this information helpful.

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Kenmore Elite is now LOUD during spin cycle


It appears your clutch assembly has failed in this instance.

For replacement parts - head on over to PartSelect.com or RepairClinic.com and enter in your full model number for a full parts listing.
I recommend both sites because ...


FixYa has no affiliation with either site - I have been using and recommending them for years - trouble free.

PartSelect has a great schematic database for locating the part on your unit and great "testimonials" for each part that often times includes HOW-TO information.
RepairClinic has pictures of each part they sell and also a great how-to and troubleshooting for basic repairs.


If your unit has never been serviced - there should still be an original service manual enclosed in plastic taped to the inside of the shell.
In the service manual are Error codes, maintenance procedures, and troubleshooting steps you can follow.


Anything too complicated or beyond your scope should be handled by a professional.

If you think you want to tackle the repair - and have gotten stuck on a step - reply to your question and I will be glad to help you out.




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In the elite kenmore smartwash quietpack 9 HE 4t - what does error code HF mean?


If you still know where the brochure is I would look in the chapter "troubleshooting"
If the brochure is not where it should be, I would "google" the brand name and the no of the appliance More likly than not you will find the answer there. This method has helped me very often.

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Do I need to secure the tubs inside Kenmore Elite Washer & Dryer?


Not the dryer but you do for the washer ... there is bolts that go in the back to hold the tub ... the bolts came with the washer went it was new... you may be able to get a set from sears...

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Error "F6" on my Smartwash Quite Pak9


I believe the F6 code is a motor failure. I suggest you call a pro to come out and look at it.

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Kenmore elite smartwash HE 4T control lock


The following link explains how to correct a Control Lock problem for your washer:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r2469429-kenmore_elite_amp_whirlpool_duet

Keep in mind control panel options between models may differ slightly, but the locking feature instructions should be printed on the front panel. If you are not sure, there should be a tech sheet inside the washer behind the lower kick panel under the door. If not directly behind the panel, the sheet should be affixed to one of the interior cabinet walls.

If these preliminary measures do not correct the problem, you may have a more serious problem. If you have questions, or require additional assistance, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

NOTE: The Control Lock feature is a built in safety feature that allows you to lock the front panel to keep small children from manipulating the controls.

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Kenmore Elite 137889, grinding noise


If the noise is like a shaking of rattling , like coins being shaked , then it is an object trapped inside the tub.

If instead the noise is a loud grinding , that may get louder on high speed, then it is usually a bad drum bearing.

The drum bearing is replaced by accessing the bottom side of the washer, and is a not a simple repair.

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My kenmore elite smartwash quiet pak 9 he 4t seems to be off


have you tried lower spin speeds? I found with heavy items such as towels and jeans it is best to lower the spin speed. also washing like heavy items on a certain wash cycle is best - i.e. towels on bluky/bedding.

hope that helps.

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Kenmore Elite Smartwash Quietpak4 won't turn back on


This advice is for Kenmore Elite and Whirlpool Duet model front loading washers. If you experience a problem where the door becomes jammed and will not unlock or open, here's an easy way to gain access inside your washer WITHOUT calling the repairman.

1. Remove the lower panel under the door by loosening the three screws under the bottom edge on the front of the washer. HINT: If you prop up the front feet of the washer with some small blocks of wood, this will make access to the screws much easier.
2. With the screws removed, the lower panel should drop down then come off. If the panel sticks, a light tap on either side will knock it loose.
3. Reach your hand up inside the washer behind the front casing on the right-hand side. This is where the door latch assembly is located.
4. At the bottom of the door latch assembly is a small pull tab. This is the manual release for the door. Pull the tab straight down and the door will come open.

Sometimes these doors will not unlock for whatever reason. If there are no error codes being generated, this could have just been a momentary glitch. If you see "Fdl" or "Fdu" error codes, these are usually indications of a failed door latch assembly and will require replacement.


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