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Whirlpool Duet dryer smells

whirlpool dryer mildew

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#1 Pamzella

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 12:31 AM

I have a Whirlpool Duet Steam dryer purchased new in January 2013.  (Can't find the model # in the dark.)

 

We have had an intermittent but annoying problem with clothes smelling like mildew.  We were blaming being left in the washer etc. but I just opened up the dryer to check on a half dry load and the smell is quite strong-- I think it's coming from the dryer!  The vent is just about 8' to the outdoors and I replaced it and keep it clean, I clean the lint trap every load and when I do some of our fluffy bath towels, I check in the middle.

 

It's not happening on the steam refresh I sometimes use, it's regular clothes/towels under "normal" drying conditions.  

 

Any suggestions what I should check/what I could do?  I leave the door cracked open a lot.



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Posted 01 May 2014 - 12:38 AM

Sounds like it could be your washer smelling. Ran any cleaner through it lately???

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 01:45 PM

Could be a leak issue, depending on your model.  You could remove the cabinet top panel and inspect the valve, hose, steam unit if applicable.  Feel around the rear drum felt seal for dampness.

 

Most dryer odor issues are due to problems with the exhaust venting.  Severely blocked vents can accumulate moisture in the vent hose.  Missing or stuck open dampers in the external vent housing may allow unwanted guests access to nest, die, etc.



#4 Pamzella

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 08:27 PM

I have an older washer (you guys have helped me repair it here) that's a top loader, in exposing the drum I didn't see anything/smell anything, but just for the hell of it, I'll run a cleaner through.

 

PDuff, I realize this isn't my model but would I see the steam parts taking off the top panel, or do I need to go farther?  I was watching this:  



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Posted 01 May 2014 - 11:09 PM

  The smell could possibly be a deceased rodent of some kind in the system. 



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Posted 01 May 2014 - 11:51 PM

lol.


To eliminate:

Musty odor

L-O-N-G cycle times

Dingy/yellowing whites

Suds error message

Slow spin speeds

Intermittent water leaks (from rear of washer)

And other annoying symptoms which vary brand-to brand.

Read below:

The *correct* amount of HE (High Efficiency) detergent that should be used in any front load or agitatorless top load washer with tub sizes 3.0 cu ft and larger is as follows:

HE: (2) Tablespoons Per Wash Load

HE 2X: (1) Tablespoon

HE 3X: (1) Teaspoon

Perform a TUB CLEAN CYCLE every (4) months.

Use: "Tide Washing Machine Cleaner"

#7 Pamzella

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 11:55 PM

It's not the smell of death, though-- it's certainly mildew.  Like as clothes warm up on the body it gets worse, or if you shove your face in a towel while drying.  I *thought* maybe it was leaving clothes in the washer overnight and transferring them to the dryer, but as I suspected it, I both rushed to get things to the dryer and smelled the clothes coming out of the washer and didn't smell it.

 

I have had rodents of unusual size die under my house and in a wall.  My car once broke down in the mountains by a select piece of former deer.  I know this smell. If it was that smell, we would have burned the clothes or maybe the whole house down by now. ;)



#8 Samurai Appliance Repair Man

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 08:48 AM

Read this and ye shall live:  9 Ways to Beat Odor Problems in Modern High-Efficiency Front Load and Top Load Washers






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