Question about Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer
Our set is 2 yrs old and for the last 6 months, I get brown lines on at least 2-3 things every load. Any suggestions?
It is not the dryer causing the problem. We get the brown streaks on our white clothes before putting them in the dryer. I have ruined more white clothes over the past six months with this Duet washing machine!!! We also don't use bleach so I don't think it is the HE/Clorox combo that somebody mentioned earlier. Anybody know what exactly is causing this yet... before I throught the moldy stain causing Whirlpool duet out?
Posted on Dec 15, 2009
Had a Whirlpool Tech out recently. I think I know the problem after fighting this same problem for months and months! There is a hose that the water drains from the washer to the wall. Pull it out and look at it. Is it covered in brown gunk? Well, mine was! The guy said that it is from years of detergent and fabric softener build up. The reason it gets on whites, is because that is the only kind of load I use HOT water for. So, it loosens up the gunk and it is redistibuting it back onto the clothes!
*Wash about 5-6 loads with only a few old towels (like 2 towels).
*Use 1 1/2 bleach and 1 1/2 Vinegar. (it will stink!)
*After several loads, the gunk build up should be dissolving. I washed several extra loads and still see some in the hose. My husband is looking to replace the whole hose.
* He said only use less than 2 Tablespoons of HE detergent. I was flabbergasted and asked how my clothes would ever get clean. He said these washers are a mechanical clean, not a chemical clean. The way the water swishes and moves does the cleaning.
*NEVER use liquid fabric softener. Only dryer sheets from now on. (Very bummed about that. Love fabric softener.)
In hindsight, I didn't always use HE in the beginning. I use that bleach that is kind of (detergent-y), so no more of that. (Only real bleach for now on.) And, I always used A LOT of detergent. Once I get all the gunk out, I am hoping for nice fresh loads of laundry once again.
Also, always leave your washer door open to prevent mold/mildew build up. Wipe it out if you need to. Every so often run an empty load (or with an old towel) of just the bleach and vinegar mix. Seems like a waste of water and energy (defeating the purpose of the energy efficient washer in my opinion), but worth not losing any more of my clothes to these horrendous brown stains.
One more thing. You may want to try a combo of bleach and straight vinegar on the stains to remove them. I tried it today and it worked! Obviously only on whites with bleach, but worth a shot on colors to use straight vinegar and ERA detergent (was told that works too).
Posted on Mar 08, 2010
Clorox bleach pen tends to get the stains out, really dark ones need two washings. Also only seem to have problem with small white loads with no bleach. The last batch was the worst and it was washed in cold water. Have always suspected the washer but now seem to think its the dryer.
Posted on Apr 26, 2011
Drum seals on the dryer. Here is my hypothesis. The blower fan on my dryer was so clogged up with lint that the airflow into the dryer was restricted. The drum would get so hot to melt the adhesive on the felt drum seals. This adhesive would them migrate through the seal into the dryer. We would only see it on the whites because the loads tended to be smaller, thus more heat allowing the dry adhesive in the seals to re melt again and agan, staining any clothing coming into contact with it. Since I have replaced the seals, and run larger loads of whites, we haven't seen any staining.
Posted on Nov 15, 2009
Ck dryer ..look at seals front and rear for brown rust color they should black or dark gray if they are brown best bet is to replace both ..although it's kind of unusal to have them discolor this early any thing is possible what could be happening as the clothes are drying and they go past and against the seals they are picking up the stains
Posted on Aug 21, 2008
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