Question about Washing Machines
Three year old front load washer has moldy smell. It was fine for two yearsbut now I must keep the door open and run bleach through every two or three weeks. We have checked and cleaned all hoses and the tub and gasket help!!!! I have the same problem. I would not recommend this or any front loading machine to anyone. I have only had my Kenmore front loading machine for about a year and I have had nothing but problems from day one. First I had a leak coming from the front of the machine. I had to have a technician out 3 times to fix that and every once in a while it will still leak. It is a very small leak but none the less a leak. I have had some error codes come up on the machine also but I really couldnt get a straight answer out of the technician as to what was causing them. That problem has been taken care of I guess cause it is not happening anymore. Each time someone came out I would also complain about the smell. The last guy that came out sold me some disinfecting tablets to run through a cycle but that only helps for a day or two. I have tried everything to make my clothes smell clean. I use the HE soap, I put clorox color safe bleach in with the soap, I use downey and also fabric sheets in the dryer. I have to take my clothes out immediately after the machine goes off. There is no waiting an hour or two like with top loaders. I have heard that there is a class action lawsuit going on so I am checking into that, although I have just started trying to find some info on it. That is how I came across this website. I would never buy another front loader again. The sales pitch that I got a the store was that the machine is energy efficient because you can put more clothes in and do less loads. If you have to keep re-washing your clothes because they dont smell clean, how is that saving anything? I also dont like the fact that it uses less water because the clothes dont have a chance to get clean. I never do large loads because they just dont get clean. I will probably end up dumping this washer way sooner than I want.
What you all are forgetting and I can vogue for this and prove it because we ripped our washer down......and I have pics... the mold will collect behind the SS tub in the plastic drum housing... every repair man told me NO POSSIBLE WAY!!!! well I was so sick of being sick and my husband decided time to buy a new washer we did and a (top loader i will add). and when the top loader was delivered we ripped the front loader totally apart (any one that would like to see pics you can email it) but be forewarned they are GROSS!!! I have done all the maintenance they have recommended and nothing helped (bleach, cascade, OXY, vinegar, leaving door open (which i may remind anyone is a risk if you have toddlers ) oh yes and lets not forget the washer magic they push down your throat to buy every time a sears tech comes out) I have a family of 6....4 girls and 2 of them babies so I have a lot of laundry....I will be more then happy to share what we found was hiding in the washer's this is not something you can see until you rip it totally down. CJ
Posted on Sep 26, 2007
Bleach, baking soda or vinegar may take care of it. If none of these work there is a cleaner sold at www.smellywasher.com
that I haven't found a negative post on. I haven't used it but saw it on KTRK Houston abc news the other night. It's $16.00 but they say it's a year's supply. It also claims to remove towel mildew smell. Good luck.
Posted on Feb 29, 2008
How about a class action lawsuit? I'm not much for lawyers, but this seems to be an overwhelming problem that the manufacturers don't seem to want to address.
Posted on Apr 09, 2008
I had the same problem. Have you cleaned the filter under the front panel? Simply remove the three screws holding the panel below the door and remove the 2" white screwcap. Be sure to have a basin handy to catch the water. (possibly a couple of gallons if the stainer is really clogged) I suspect you'll find several moldy items that are causing the odor. Good luck.
Posted on Sep 14, 2008
forget the vinegar, theres a product www.affresh.com this will help. you also MUST USE HE( high efficency) DETERGENt. reccomneded amount is 2-3 tablespoons. regular detergent, and too much fabric softener is possibly adding to the moldy/musty smell..
Posted on Nov 22, 2008
Hi, did you wipe out the inside of the boot with the bleach? This is a big problem with all front load machines. If you call the Whirlpool, I believe they have a product out now to help the odor as well.
Posted on May 22, 2009
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