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Mold is collecting in the door where the airtight drum is...tried wiping out, leaving door open to evaporate, mold removal cleanser

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Spray with some bleach

Posted on May 25, 2011

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Why does the frfgidaire affinity washer has foul oder ?


Good Morning Friend,

I understand you have an odor in your Frigidaire Affinity washer, model# ATF7000E. Please try cleaning the inside of your washer by trying the following:

• Before cleaning the washer interior, unplug the electrical power cord to avoid electrical shock hazards.
• Dry around the washer door opening, flexible gasket, and door glass. These areas should always be clean to ensure a water tight seal.
• When extremely soiled items have been washed, a dirty residue may remain on the drum. Remove this by wiping the drum with a nonabrasive household cleanser. Rinse thoroughly with water.
• The plastic drum vanes may become stained from fabric dye. Clean these parts with a nonabrasive household cleanser. This prevents dye transfer to future loads.


To prevent the odor from coming back please try the following:

• Remove items from the washer as soon as the cycle ends. Excess wrinkling, color transfer, and odors may develop in items left in the washer.
• Periodically, wipe dry the bottom of the flexible gasket to remove lint and other debris.
• If there are no small children present, leave the door ajar to prevent odor build up and to improve venting of the unit.


I ask that you please follow up with a comment on the post, at your convenience, to advise if further troubleshooting is needed or if your appliances status has changed successfully. Hope this is helpful.

-Best Regards-
WP

Jul 09, 2014 | Frigidaire Affinity ATF7000E Front Load...

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How do you get mildew out of the inside lip of the frigidaire affinity?


Good Afternoon Friend,

I understand you are trying to get mildew out of the inside lip of your Frigidaire Affinity washer, model# ATF6000ES. I suggest following the cleaning suggestions I've listed below.

Clean the Dispenser Drawer Area. Detergent and fabric softener may build up in the dispenser drawer. Residue should be removed once or twice a month.

    1)Remove the drawer by pulling the drawer out until it stops.

    2)Reach back into the left rear corner of the drawer cavity and press down firmly on the lock tab (left rear portion of the drawer). Pull out the drawer.

    3)Remove the insert from the bleach and fabric softener compartments.

    4)Rinse the drawer and inserts with hot tap water to remove traces of accumulated powders and liquids. Large amounts of fabric softener residue may indicate improper dilution or more frequent cleaning is required.

    5)To clean the drawer opening, use a small brush to clean the recess. Remove all residues from the upper and lower parts of the recess.

    6)Replace the insert pressing the "X" to lock it in place. Return the dispenser drawer.


    Clean Inside the Drum

      1)Remove items from your washer as soon as the cycle ends. Excess wrinkling, color transfer, and odors may develop in items left in your washer.

      2) Before cleaning your washer interior, unplug the electrical power cord to avoid electrical shock hazards.

      3)Dry around your washer door opening, flexible gasket, and door glass. These areas should always be clean to ensure a water tight seal.

      4)When extremely soiled items have been washed, a dirty residue may remain on the drum. Remove this by wiping the drum with a nonabrasive household cleanser. Rinse thoroughly with water.

      5)Periodically, wipe dry the bottom of the flexible gasket to remove lint and other debris.

      6)The plastic drum vanes may become stained from fabric dye. Clean these parts with a nonabrasive household cleanser. This prevents dye transfer to future loads.


      Another thing you may do after a thorough cleaning is run a Heavy Duty cycle, and change the temperatures to the hottest temperatures. Also, change the soil level to Heavy Soil. You will want to run a full cycle with no clothes in it and add bleach and your detergent. Once the cycle has completed, Wipe down the inside of the tub as well as the inside lip of your washer. Leave the door open so any other water that might be inside of your appliance can evaporate. I ask that you please follow up with a comment on the post, at your convenience, to advise if further troubleshooting is needed or if your washer status has changed successfully. Hope this is helpful.

      -Best Regards-
      WP

May 27, 2014 | Frigidaire ATF6000ES Front Load Washer

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Water stsys in drum


Wow, you have the most problematic washer ever built. This washer was the actual demise of the Maytag Company. What happened was that when Maytag built these washers the drum was at an angle that it retained a large amount of water the drum. This caused problems with odor, bacteria and mold. There was a large class action lawsuit launched against Maytag to the point that they quit producing the washer and ultimately were facing bankruptcy, which they eventually filed for.

In regards to your problem, unfortunately there is no solution. The water residual in the water cannot be removed, the only thing you can do is make sure the door is left open, this may help in evaporating some of the water... another solution is to take a cup of chlorine bleach and poor it in the washer. "DO NOT ADD CLOTHES!" Turn on the washer to a normal wash cycle. When this has completed then make sure that the first wash you do after this a white load in case there is a residual of bleach... if there is mold on the door seal use a bathroom cleanser that will remove mold... DO NOT LEAVE CLOTHES IN WASHER FOR EXTENDED PERIODS OF TIME... THEY WILL SOUR AND YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO REMOVE THAT SMELL ONCE IT GETS INTO CLOTHING!

I wish I had better news for you, but my guess is that you purchased this second hand and were not told of this inherent problem.

Apr 19, 2014 | Maytag Neptune MAH5500B Front Load Washer

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Were there recalls on any of ghese models


The problem of residual water in front load washers is an on going problem. Some companies had put in a small drain hose in their units to alleviate the problem. Your washer is actually built by Whirlpool. There is no available auxiliary drain for these models. These are the suggested solutions to alleviate for your particular machine.

1. Leave the door open after wash completed. This will help to evaporate the residual water. If in an area where the door cannot be left fully open then place a towel over the top of the door to keep it from closing and that will help by keeping the door open a small amount.

2. To alleviate odor, pour one cup of bleach in the drum... DO NOT PUT ANY CLOTHES IN THE MACHINE! Put the washer through a wash cycle... some models had a clean cycle if your has this then use this cycle. Once this has completed remember to do a white load following this procedure to assure that if there is any bleach residual then it wont cause problems with colors.

3. Dry the door seal after each use... this will eliminate mold from developing on the door seal. If you see mold then use a bathroom cleanser for mold removal to clean the seal... DO NOT USE A SOLUTION OF VINEGAR... THIS COULD DRY OUT THE SEAL CAUSING IT TO CRACK THUS REQUIRING REPLACEMENT.

FYI: The Maytag Company went bankrupt sometime ago, the name Maytag wash purchased by Whirlpool and appears on products to secure the business of faithful Maytag users...

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I have front loader washing machine and the rubber has got mould and having difficulty in removing the black mould


  • Saturate an old cloth with white vinegar. Alternatively, you might use petroleum jelly on the cloth to remove the mold.Pull the gasket out gently with your hands to reveal the mold and mildew buildup inside the folds of the gasket.Wipe the mold away from the gasket with the cloth. Continue working to wipe away all mold from the folds of the rubber gasket.Dry the folds of the gasket with a dry cloth when you finish removing the mold.Repeat this procedure at least once per month to prevent mold and mildew from forming. If you notice mold occurring more frequently, clean it off when you see it.


  • Tips for Preventing Mold & Smelly Problems:
    • Always leave the door and dispenser unit slightly ajar after the laundry is done. Front-load washers and the detergent/softener dispenser drawer must dry out.
    • Never leave a wet washload in the washer overnight; remove it when the washing cycle is complete and leave the door open.
    • After a load is done, always rotate the drum with your hand to see and remove all items. Some could be sticking to top or sides of the washer drum.
    • Use softener sheets in the dryer instead of liquid softeners in the washer.
    • Liquid detergents may leave less residue than powdered formulas which may not dissolve properly.
    • Use less than the recommended detergent level for your load. Too much detergent can cause a residue build up. Experiment until you find a minimum measurement that delivers a clean wash. This is also a money saver.
    • Occasionally wash some loads such as whites, linen and towels in warm or hot water to help flush out wash residue.
    • Always clean your washer as per your product manual. High efficiency front-load models have a cleaning cycle and it's imperative that you periodically run this cycle as directed.
    • Check the gasket just inside the door opening and remove any visible debris. You can also wipe it to speed the drying process.
    • Always use HE detergents with high efficiency front-load washers. Specially marked HE laundry detergent is low sudsing and is recommended for these low-water washers.
    • If this advice was helpful a vote with the thumbs up would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    I heard you are suppose to clean the washer once a month to prevent mold,is that true?


    I have never cleaned my washer as i use bleach in with the whites when i wash. its up to you. they do make a cleaner for that.

    Oct 31, 2009 | Whirlpool Calypso GVW9959K Top Load Washer

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    LG WM1814CW Front Load Washer rubber seal on front door collects water underneath and now has black mold, and a strong odor, like cigarette smoke.


    Use some detergent plus baking soda and mix it in with the water--rub it around (with an old toothbrush) to loosen the mold. Let sit for a while, then wipe water, mold, and cleaner away. Finally, rinse with clean water and wipe dry. Leave the door ajar to air out after each wash. It will help to remove the standing water each time. Don't poke a hole in the seal to drain the water out, because water will then run out of the bottom of the washer.

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    I have mold growing where the rubber seal is around the door. I have a ine year old and I am worried about washing his clothing.


    A nicely moist area,
    ...could try to kill all the mold with dilute chlorox (put some in a spray bottle--can also use on feet after the gym to prevent contamination from athlete's foot/feet)(or the shower mold killers which usually just have chlorox [sodium hypochlorite or similar]); then in future leave the door ajar when not in use so the area can dry (assume front loading), and if it is the large gasket style that still leaves a moist area behind itself--could put a wedge like a popcicle stick or few to allow air behind the gasket.
    ...any mold that is visible and therefor in contact with the clothes going in and out, should be easily removed...there should not be any mold in the washing compartment as the bleach and hot water used for whites would always kill the mold; so the only contact point is at the exterior (cleanable) when removing finished clothes.
    ..likely there is plenty of mold exposure in his environment beyond this----this is nothing like the problem with flood contaminated walls/floors and unseen mold that could spew forth significant amounts of spore load.

    Aug 09, 2009 | Washing Machines

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    Mold on gasket


    The mold is common with the front loaders all you can do about the mold is wipe out the water that is in the gasket after a wash and leave the door open. DO NOT TRY TO CLEAN WITH BLEACH. The bleach will make the gasket weak and cause it to rip and then cause a leak.

    Mar 29, 2009 | Maytag Neptune MAH5500B Front Load Washer

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