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Why is my front load washer retaining several cups of water under the rim seal? Leaving door open does not help. Needless to say, my washer smells

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    Keep door and dispenser doors open after use to prevent mold



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Clogged holes inside rubber boot at 6 o'clock position. Try tweezers or Turkey baster. Clean boot with dishwasher detergent. Cleans mold.

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This been a problem with all rhe front load washer. the only thing you can do is wipe out each time you use the washer

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SOURCE: Washing Machine develops moldy smell

Let's put the $1,000.000 problem right on the doorstep where it belongs!

We should not have to jump through hoops just do do laundry for crying out loud!

Since when do we allow ourselves to become victims like this? This is outrageous and manufacturers are profiting while we struggle with these seriously flawed product designs.

So, contact your manufacturer and members of Congress and the Better Business Bureau and DO some major consumer complaining and then try the following as recommended by our local appliance store which received this via fax.

No kidding; a fax sent to appliance stores by a manufacturer with the following instructions for customers to do regularly to manage mold in the machines.

*First, run a full complete wash cycle on hottest setting containing Bleach – * Note: full wash cycle takes 1 hour and 20 minutes on my machine.

*Next, run a full wash cycle on hottest setting using high efficiency laundry detergent * another 1 hour and 20 minutes

*Next, run a full wash cycle on hottest setting using Cascade automatic dish washing detergent *an ADDITIONAL 1 hour and 20 minutes

*Next, using Bleach water, wipe down entire interior of washing machine

*Next, using clean white cloth, wipe entire interior of washing machine dry

*Next, leave door ajar to air out machine

*Finally, I have now been informed that I cannot use fabric softener in the machine even though there is a fabric softener dispenser right in the machine because the new front loading machines cannot handle fabric softener!!

This is outrageous! Our poor $1,000.00 plus new washing machine cannot handle fabric softener.

Give me a break!

Posted on Dec 12, 2007


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SOURCE: musty mildew smell

It is the same with all the front load machines out there. I do a bleach load once a week and always leave the door unlatched. All washers always have some water left in them. You can also wipe the gasket down with a weak bleach and water mix on a rag it will help also.

Posted on Apr 18, 2008


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SOURCE: grey front seal holding water

Old machines used to have a drain hose in the bottom to take that water away however they tended to snap off and allow water to leak on the floor .

On new ones they accept that water will lay in the gasket.

If it bothers you try putting a strip of Vileda cloth into the gasket at the end of the wash to soak it up .

It is bright enough to see and to remind you to remove and dry it.

Add a little Soda Crystal to the soap drawer , thsi softens the water and stops smells

Posted on May 21, 2009

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SOURCE: How do I get rid of the musty smell?

If you know someone who owns a bar, ask them for about 1/2 pt of line cleaning fluid. Start your machine on a 60o wash (empty) and as soon as the water starts flowing into the powder drawer, slowly pour the line cleaner into the water flow. Let the machine go through it's normal cycle, then run the same cycle programme as soon as you can (immediatly if possible) using clean water. Following this action, get your finger and rub it along the inside of the drum, if it's squeekly clean it's solved, if it feels slightly slimely, run the water only wash again the completly to remove any further residue of the cleaner. The smell should go. Let me know how you get on, Regards Dave.

Posted on Jul 17, 2009


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SOURCE: Door seal for washer smells stagnant?

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HI, i have a zanussi FJDR1466s washer which is now 7 years old and i have grey lines on washing after a wash also there is grey grunge in the door seal. Can you tell me what i should do to correct this...

Hello, W/D here.

We use bleach to clean the washer from time-to-time.

1. Mix bleach 50%50% with water, and wipe the door seal and bellows liberally.
2. Pour the remainder in the tub, along with one additional cup of straight bleach.
3. Fill all of the dispenser cups with bleach.
4. Run the hottest cycle available for your machine, and the hottest rinse cycle available. For our machine, this is the "sanitary" cycle.
5. When this cycle has completed, run a regular cycle to purge out any residual bleach.
5. Leave the door open between wash loads. This allows the moisture to evaporate, and keeps the mold from developing. This wasn't ever an issue with top loaders. Most people left the lid open! It's more of a problem with front loaders; there are more places where water can collect and pool.

IF you don't get relief by performing the above steps, you may have to replace your bellows seal (the part between the door and the tub). I have seen where some folks' smell problem just won't go away, and that's how they cured it. Normally, the bleach wash and leaving the door open will do the trick. You may even have to do this several times to get the full effect, but it's worth a try, and is much less expensive than replacing a bellows. Like I said, it usually works.

Best regards, --W/D--

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Hi We Have a ge front load washer and dryer and it seems that our clothes smell musty at times. I've tried leaving the door open on the washer when not in use. Could there be another prooblem??

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Musty mildew smell

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