What is wrong with the washer?
June 23, 2013 3:59 PM Subscribe
We have a 9-year-old front-loading Kenmore washing machine that has for the last month been giving off a musty/moldy smell. We've tried everything we can think of, cannot make it go away and cannot identify the source. What's going on and what should we do?
posted by AnOrigamiLife to Home & Garden (17 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
-leaving the door open at all times between washings (which only serves to spread the smell through the house);
-running bleach through several washings;
-wiping down the gasket and other accessible surfaces with vinegar;
-including baking soda in each washing;
-hiring an appliance repair person (who suggested leaving the door cracked and then ran the cycle with washer cleaner and left more for us to use. None of this has helped).
The internets shows this to be a common problem with the Kenmore front loaders. I've found no real solutions. We're faced now with calling the appliance repair person back (but for what reason? could removing the machine to inspect the water lines tell us anything?) and/or completely replacing a washing machine that has no mechanical problem. The smell is terrible and mold can't ever be good.