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#1 azmudge1

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Posted 10 June 2005 - 08:30 PM

Help, Please!!!!!!My 14 yr. old washer has developed a "sewer" smell and we would appreciate some feedback as to what might be the problem.  Last week my son and husband replaced the pump thinking that the water was not pumping out properly but the rotten smell is still there, and if we tip the washer we can hear water sloshing around somewhere in there.  Any suggestions, as I really like clean clothes and don't want to take the poor old thing out and shoot it just yet 'cause it really looks pretty good for it's age!  Thanks!   :(

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Posted 11 June 2005 - 02:14 AM

Most likely years worth of accumulated sludge from using fabric softner in washer.  You will most likely have to remove the agitator and spin basket from the machine to clean the sludge out.

Without a model# and brand of machine we really can't help you more.

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Posted 11 June 2005 - 03:18 AM

If your washer is a top loader, I would advise put 1cup of diluted Dishwasher powder into the machine.  Then set to hot water, highest water level and heaviest agitation possible, and run through full cycle.  Once machine is full of hot water, you can stop it and leave it to soak for 1/2 an hour, then complete cycle. Please let me know if this is successful as I advise my customers in NZ to do this and have had great feedback.  
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Posted 11 June 2005 - 04:56 AM

I use a variation of Kiwis' Method, assuming it's a top load machine.

When the tub is filled , on highest setting, stop the machine and add about 2 gallons of hot water. This will raise the water level above the usual "tub ring" of accumulated sludge. I would also add a couple cups of beach, use 2 cups of powered dishwasher machine detergent, and let the machine agitate for several minutes. Then stop the machine with the tub full.

I would let it soak for several hours, then let it finish the cycle empty. Then leave the lid up so it will air out and dry up inside.

If you use liquid softener, or have pets, you may have to do this a few times.

You can also do the same process using Lysol Concentrated cleaner. I use about 8-10 ounces.

Otherwise, you have to take it apart to get it clean.

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Posted 11 June 2005 - 04:58 AM

That sloshing sound is the water in the tub balance ring, and the water in the pump and lower hoses.

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Posted 11 June 2005 - 09:16 AM

in the area where i live,this problem occurs when the anode rod in the hot water heater has eroded,as it is designed to be a "sacraficial lamb" to impurities in the water which will cause such odors.
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Posted 11 June 2005 - 09:56 AM

Sorry about that--I had put the make and model # in the subject line but it didn't copy through--the machine in question is a Kenmore 82873820.

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Posted 12 June 2005 - 12:13 AM

Ok, that is your standard Whirlpool built direct drive top loader machine. All advice above applies.....
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