Why Does My Washer Smell Musty?

There are many benefits to high efficiency washers. The biggest benefit is that they use significantly less water than traditional washing machine. This can save you a lot of money on water costs. High efficiency washing machines also use less energy to clean your clothing and other materials. So you double your savings by saving on water costs as well as electricity costs.

The downside to front loading washing machines is that they are more susceptible to mildew growth and an accompanying unattractive musty odor that can make a room smell and make your clothing smell less than clean. Instead of calling in appliance repair professionals in San Diego County, there are other easy ways to do it.

It’s a problem with those that have this type of washing machine. The mildew itself may not be a huge problem. When it starts to smell is when most people become concerned. The smell of mold and mildew is distinctive and very difficult to get rid of. The mold and mildew growing in the washing machine hold onto residue which leads to growth of microbes and that ultimately what causes that unpleasant musty odor. The good news is that there are things you can do to get rid of the mildew and the smell, as well as steps you can take to reduce the chance of mildew and mold growing.

The Type of Detergent You Use Matters

A high efficiency washing machine will not run as well with any type of laundry detergent. It’s important to use high efficiency (HE) laundry detergent. This is because this type of detergent is specially formulated to create minimal suds. Regular laundry detergent creates many suds and these suds leave a residue in your machine that hold onto and encourages bacteria growth. It’s important to take steps to reduce the amount of residue that gets left in your laundry machine. Avoid using too much detergent. Fabric softener can also cause build-up of residue. If this is a concern, you can use dryer sheets instead.

Water Temperature

You’ve likely heard about how washing in cold water saves a lot of energy. It does. On the negative side, cold water doesn’t kill bacteria. It also leaves behind sudsy residues. If possible, have the last load of the day washed in hot water. Or run an empty load of hot water through your high efficiency washing machine.To further discourage the growth of bacteria, run ¾ cup of bleach in the empty washer on a standard wash cycle using hot water. This should be done once a month to get rid of bacteria and residue and mold and mildew in your front loader washing machine.

Don’t Forget the Drain Pump

The drain pump of the average front loading washing machine tends to collect all sorts of debris like lint and hair. It can even collect items not removed from pockets before washing like coins, bobby pins, safety pins or elastics.When debris collects in the drain, bacteria growth is encouraged. Mildew and mold start to sprout. Be sure to clean the drain of any debris frequently. The same holds true for the filter.

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