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Why Your HE Front-Load Washer Smells and How to Fix IT – Washer Repair

How to deal with washer smells, and avoid washer repair…

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Why Your HE Front-Load Washer Smells and How to Fix IT
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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!

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Washer Repair Tips and General Maintenance

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General Maintenance and Washer Repair Tips

Laundry day is coming. You both dread and anticipate it. After all, who actually enjoys classifying whites and colors, or going through the pain of sorting petite from machine-washable clothes? Yet, like it or not, the washing machine is a prime example of an appliance that many people these days just can’t imagine living without, even though it may cause some headache every now and then with its glitches and inconveniences. To keep inconsistencies to a minimum, it’s best to keep washing machines, like all appliances, carefully maintained and cleaned. It may seem oxymoronic, cleaning a machine that cleans, but it is still necessary. Here are some tips and suggestions for avoiding washer repair and keeping your washing machine happy (and in turn, you) from your local appliance repair team in the yellow booties:

  • Checking water-fill hoses and fittings. After a couple years of use, the hoses in a washer may deteriorate. It is always good to check every once in a while if the hoses are cracked, blistered, or leaking. Similarly, check the fittings surrounding to see if they are corroded in any manner. Should you find any of these warning signs, you need to replace the hoses and fittings immediately, preferably with higher-quality steel hoses. We specialize in any kind of washer repair and can help you with any maintenance or installation issues. However, the main issue, above all, is always your safety: should a blistered hose burst, hundreds of gallons of water can be spilled in just an hour. If the water is hot, it is particularly dangerous to the surrounding appliances and you. It is recommended to replace washer hoses every 3-5 years.
  • Diluting detergent and fabric softeners. These liquids are generally very thick and as a result, can clog the water dispenser drawer and jets, potentially leading bacteria to build up. It’s recommended to dilute the detergent and fabric softener with water, usually about a 50/50 division.
  • Cleaning the dispensers. If the dispensers become clogged or leak detergent, it’s a good idea to take them out and clean them thoroughly. If it’s possible to remove the dispenser drawer, soak it in hot water and scrub with an old toothbrush. Furthermore, it’s beneficial to scrub the dirty spots, or “gunk,” on the roof of the machine where the jets are located with hot water. If the dispenser drawer is unable to be removed, then run hot water through it until it appears to be clean and ready to use again.
  • Leveling the washer. When washing machines are in use, they may vibrate from the heavy spinning cycles. It’s a must to keep the washing machine level on the ground, otherwise it will violently rock back and forth and as a consequence, may become damaged or damage other appliances. You can level the washer with a simple leveler and by adjusting its front or back legs.
  • Cleaning the interior. It’s recommended to run a maintenance wash once every 1-3 months by setting the washing machine to its hottest temperature and letting it run (without any clothes inside!). Some sources recommend adding 2-3 cups of white, distilled vinegar to the empty wash, which will help in the cleaning process. If the tub contains some signs of bacterial residue, put in some lime scale remover or soda crystals.
  • Cleaning the exterior. Keep your washing machine pretty! It’s fine to use general dish detergent and a wet sponge or rag to help keep it nice and polished. Be careful with stain removers or other stronger chemicals, however, like ammonia or bleach, because they might damage the surface.

It’s not necessary to be hypersensitive towards the state of your washing machine, but it certainly is beneficial to be aware of potential problems and issues. If you ever have any questions, or if your washing machine decides to up and stop listening to you one day, please don’t hesitate to call us at SoBellas Appliance Repair. We serve in 3 locations in 2 states, serve more than 35,000 customers, and offer same day service calls. We’ll help keep your washing machine happy (and in turn, you)! Contact us for any questions on your local appliance repair issues today.

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Washer Repair Tech Urges Everyone to Remember the Silent Workhorses

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Washer Repair Tech Urges Everyone to Remember the Silent Workhorses
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Most people in Texas remember to periodically clean their residential washing machines inside and out. There are also those that never miss a chance to disinfect their machines’ interiors too. But there is one area that gets neglected more times than not, which troubles our washer repair techs. Do you know which washing machine part we’re talking about? It’s the seemingly lowly hose.

They may appear insignificant at first but they’re categorically not. Without them, washing machines cannot move water and other liquids throughout their respective cycles. With that said, our washer repair team likes to think of them as silent workhorses. They literally stay behind the scenes and do a large part of the hefty lifting every time the machine is in use. However, when one breaks open or leaks, everyone notices and scrambles to call for washer repair.

To help our customers steer clear of those wet moment, we like to periodically inspect all of the machine’s hoses. Our techs also recommend replacing the hoses every few years whether they look in good shape or not. After all, signs of dry rot may not be readily visible. For instance, the hose could be weakening from the inside out. As such, it will likely appear fine on the surface but burst open the next time the washing machine is used.

As expected, hose material breaks are not the only problems that arise over time. There may be occasions when the hose’s fitting, gasket or screen fails too. If the gasket or fitting fails, they’ll undoubtedly be leaks to worry about. As for screen failures, they could exacerbate sedimentation problems. And those types of problems can ultimately damage clothes too. So to learn more about keeping washing machines’ silent workhorses in excellent shape before it’s too late, please contact us today.

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Appliance Repair Tips: Don’t Forget to Properly Clean Your Dishwasher and Washing Machine

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Appliance Repair Tips: Don’t Forget to Properly Clean Your Dishwasher and Washing Machine
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When it comes to appliance cleaning, the focus usually falls on the stove and refrigerator, leaving the dishwasher and washing machine to fend for themselves. Unfortunately, doing so can have an ill effect on the performance of both machines. Provided below are 2 methods that will help you clean both appliances without breaking into a sweat

Dishwasher

Like all the major appliances in your home, your dishwasher needs a good cleaning. Food particles from dirty plates and bowls can accumulate on the bottom of your dishwasher’s tub and around the door gasket if you neglect to clean the appliance. A build-up of debris can cause your dishwasher to acquire an unsavory smell that can quickly invade your entire kitchen. Luckily, performing a few easy cleaning techniques can prevent that from happening.

  • Using an old toothbrush and warm soapy water, thoroughly scrub any food away that is stuck to the dishwasher’s door gasket. Be sure to remove all loosened debris off the door seal with a wet cloth before moving on to the next step.

 

  • Extract the bottom rack from your appliance and take a look at your dishwasher’s drain. Check for any foreign objects that could end up clogging the drain or damaging the pump. Appliance repair technicians often find broken glass and bits of bones, so keep an eye out and be careful when wiping around the area.

 

  • Running a wash cycle with only a cup of white vinegar placed on the top rack is a great way to get rid of food particles from the tub while also eliminating any unpleasant odors. If you want to skip the vinegar, you can sprinkle a cup of baking soda on the bottom of your appliance’s tub and run a wash cycle.

Washing Machine 

Cleaning your top loading washing machine should definitely be on your to-do list. Fortunately, the process of sanitizing and freshening up your washer is quite simple and doesn’t take much time at all.

  • The only two ingredients you’ll need is white vinegar and baking soda. The vinegar removes any mold or mildew and its acidity helps get rid of soap scum build-up. The baking soda also eradicates soap scum, and it has the added benefit of deodorizing the machine.

 

  • Begin the process by setting your washing machine to its largest wash cycle with hot water. There should be no clothing in the appliance during this cleaning procedure. Next, allow the tub to fill and then pour in 3 cups of vinegar. Before adding the baking soda, let the washer agitate for a minute or two, so the vinegar can mix into the water. Now add the baking soda and run the machine for a few minutes.

 

  • At this point, stop the wash cycle and leave the mixture sitting in the appliance for an hour. While you’re waiting, dip a clean cloth in the hot water and clean off the top of your washer.

 

  • Once the hour has passed, resume the wash cycle and allow the water to completely drain from your machine. When all the water is gone your appliance should smell fresh and look sparkling clean.

 

If you’ve noticed a decline in the performance of one of your appliances, please contact us at SoBellas Appliance Repair, and we’ll be happy to help with all your Samsung Appliance repair issues.

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