How to deal with washer smells, and avoid washer repair…
No doubt, you were excited to get your new HE front-loading clothes washer, or to move into a place that already had one. However, despite being better in every other way from old top-loading washers, HE front-loaders do have one significant weakness: Then tend to smell. How can you avoid washer repair?
If you’ve been wondering what is wrong with your otherwise-fantastic HE washer, you’re not crazy. And you’re not alone. Countless appliance owners have discovered to their dismay that the super-efficient design of HE washers incidentally makes a much more welcoming environment for mildew. It can get so bad that your washer smells even when you’re not using it, and your clothes may smell even if you move them to the dryer immediately after the wash cycle is over.
Why HE Washers are Prone to Mildew Smells resulting in washer repair needs.
The problem with HE front-loading washers is that they are actually too efficient. The two biggest culprits for mildew cultivation are the low amount of water used and the very tight seal on the washer door. HE washers use less water than older washers, filling only the bottom of the drum, then tossing clothes through the soapy water to wash them. If you use the wrong kind of soap, or too much, it may not all be washed off which can promote sour laundry.
The other problem is the door seal. To prevent leaking, the front-loading door is ringed by a very tight rubber gasket seal. Unlike old fall-closed washer lids, the sealed door traps moisture inside the washer when a load is sitting inside and even when the washer is sitting empty. This sealed moist environment is unfortunately ideal for moisture. And even worse, the gasket itself has folds that fill with laundry crud that contribute to the smell problem.
Solutions For a Sour HE Washer Repair
Wipe Down Weekly
The first step to solving the smell problem in your HE washer is to wipe down the inside. Wipe any soap residue in the soap cup, wipe the inside of the drum. And most importantly, carefully wipe the entire gasket, including the cruddy inner folds. This may take several paper towels and sprays of cleaner, but when you see what you’re pulling out of your washer, it’ll be worth it.
Run Hot with Vinegar
Once you’ve got the washer surface-cleaned, you can refresh the entire machine with a little white vinegar. Other HE washer owners have found some results from running hot bleach loads or using baking soda. However, the easiest way to clear out the lingering mildew smell is simply to fill your soap dispenser with vinegar and run the washer empty and hot once. This should clear out any remaining smell and kill any hiding mildew in the nooks and crannies you did not or could not wipe.
Leave the Door Open
In order to prevent mildew from growing when your washer is empty between loads, you’ll need to leave the washer door hanging open. Leaving the door even slightly ajar will allow air to circulate and the inside of your washer can dry from the last load’s moisture. If the door tends to fall open, you can use a towel draped over the top to keep it swung mostly closed, and another towel propped in the gap to make sure it continues to air out.
Seek Repairs if Practical Solutions Don’t Work
While these solutions stop the common reasons why your HE washer has a persistent sour smell, it’s also possible that mildew is growing somewhere other than the drum and gasket. If there is an unpleasant smell coming from your washer but wiping the inside, running with vinegar, and keeping the drum aired out are not doing the trick, your problem may be deeper inside the washer. For professional help with HE washer repairs, contact us today for all you washer repair needs and any appliance repair!