Common Culprits Of Mold And Mildew Odors In A Front-Load Washing Machine


With powerful rotations, incredible cleaning power, and water efficiency, it is easy to see why so many people go for a front-load washing machine when they shop at an appliance store. Even though this washing machine model offers a lot of desirable features, there is one stinky problem that you may find to be upsetting if it finds your way into your washing machine.

Unfortunately, front-load washing machines are notorious for developing a bad odor caused by mold or mildew buildup. If when you open your washer and take a whiff, you are a bit overwhelmed by the smell of mold and mildew, you should know the problem comes down to three likely suspects.

Culprit #1 – Mold buildup inside and around the rubber seals or gaskets on the door.

Because the front-load washer door must be air-tight, it typically boasts a large rubber gasket around the inside rim of the door opening. This flexible rubber material has several cracks and crevices where moisture can hide out long after the wash cycle is over. It is best to dry the area after each laundry load and clean the seal thoroughly with warm, soapy water at least once a month. Furthermore, allow the door to remain slightly open after a cycle to encourage air-drying of any remaining moisture.

Culprit #2 – Mold or mildew inside of the filter and soap dispensers.

In some cases, a small amount of moisture will get trapped in the filter of your washer at the bottom or even in the soap dispenser at the top. To help alleviate the problem, remove the filter and the dispenser and give them a good thorough cleaning with liquid bleach and warm water. It is a good idea to open the soap dispenser drawer and filter encasement for air drying when the washer is not in use.

Culprit #3 – Mold growing behind the internal drum of the washer.

Perhaps the more concerning problem, mold and mildew growing behind the internal tub, or drum, of your washer will be impossible to rectify on your own. This is normally caused by failure to allow proper drying time by leaving the door ajar or using too much detergent or softener, which clogs any ventilation inside of the washer. You can try to eliminate the issue by running a sanitizing load with no clothing and the washer set on its hottest water setting. However, if the odor is still present, you will need to contact an appliance repair center for help. The washer will have to be taken apart to clean the internal parts.

When it comes down to it, a washing machine that looks good but smells bad may have you questioning whether your clothes are even getting clean. If you are having issues with excessive mold or mildew in your front-load washing machine, make sure to call an appliance repair professional (such as one from Surrey dryer repair) for assistance.


29 May 2015

Keeping Appliances Clean and Tidy

After I purchased my first home, I realized that keeping the place clean was easier said than done. In addition to looking after a few small children, I was also worried about making my appliances last as long as possible. Unfortunately, life can be hard on appliances, and after a few short weeks, I realized that my oven and refrigerator had taken a serious hit. Maple syrup had spilled all over the shelves in my fridge, which made the drawers really difficult to open. This blog is all about keeping your appliances clean, even if you have a busy schedule.