How to Tackle the Mildew Smell in Your Front Load Washer

Front load washing machines have become very popular recently and with good reason. The capacity in a front load washer is about a third larger than a conventional top load washer so there is plenty of room to wash large and bulky items. Another top-selling point is the energy efficiency of front load washers. They consume much less water and electricity when compared to conventional top load washing machines. This can save you a few hundred dollars on water and electric bills per year.

There are many good things about owning a front load washing machine but some consumers are failing to follow the maintenance instructions listed in the owners’ manual and this can lead to odors which are very difficult to get rid of washer repair pasadena.

Here are a few tips recommends by manufactures to help keep those mildew odors at bay. It is important to follow your owners’ manual maintenance tips regularly.

Manufactures recommend using only High Efficiency detergents which will be marked on the box as “HE” or “High Efficiency”. The use of the wrong type of detergent will cause more damage than just mildew odors. Non- HE detergent use will cause an excessive amount of suds. This will likely result in longer cycle times, poor rinsing performance and component failures.

Leaving the door slightly open when the cycle has ended is also recommended. This will allow for better ventilation and drying of the interior of the washer. With the door kept closed after each cycle, the warm air has nowhere to go and becomes an ideal environment for mildew growth.

The door seal between the door and washer tub should be cleaned on a monthly basis. Mix a dilute solution, using 3/4 cup of liquid chlorine bleach, and 1 gallon of warm water. Wipe the entire seal area with the dilute solution, using a damp cloth. You will have to peel back the seal to get gain access to the hard to reach crevices. Next, wait about five minutes and then wipe down the seal thoroughly with a dry cloth. Finally, let the washer interior air dry with door opened at least partially.

As part of the washer maintenance procedure, some washers have a special cycle that uses higher water volumes in combination with liquid chlorine bleach to thoroughly clean the inside of the washer. Consult your owners’ manual for directions on initiating this cycle. Whirlpool recommends opening the dispenser drawer and adding 2/3 cup of liquid chlorine bleach to the bleach compartment. Next, close the dispenser drawer and start the CLEAN WASHER cycle. This cycle can be done on a monthly basis.

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