My clothes washer smells like a dead rat

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So, my nice washer is only 3 years old, but the last couple months - all the sudden, it starts having this horrible odor. It smells like a rat crawled up into it and died.

 

I usually always leave the door ajar when not running and I have run hot water/bleach and hot water/baking soda through it and neither helped. I also let 2 large boxes of baking soda sit in it for a week - no change.

 

We took off the back today, found nothing. There was also no smell in the back casing, only in the front drum itself. We unhooked all the hoses - nothing there (no clogging, or smell in the hoses). I have already cleaned out the filter (was nothing there either).

 

The clothes come out clean and with no smell, but the washer just gets worse.

 

Any ideas??

 

Thanks

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... just wondering if you have checked in the rubbery bit that seals the door closed to see if there is anything sitting in there going mouldy???

Also, have you taken out the tray bit where you put in the washing powder/liquid? if not, it might be worth taking that out and giving it a good cleaning too.

Failing all else, just take out the dead rat!!

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I wish it was as easy as a dead rat ;)

 

I clean the tray and the rubber seal reguarly (at least once per month).

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Was a great thought - Thanks. I am just at wits ends trying to figure it out.

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Not meaning to be insulting, but did you also pick up the washer? Perhaps there IS a dead rat underneath?

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checked :P

 

There is no smell from the back side or top side when casing is opened. Only from the drum itself when the door is open.

 

I will try hot water and bleach one more time, but I hate to waste the remaining clorox bleach that I have :(

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I forget where I read it but there's something behind that old saying that socks get swallowed up in the washing machine. They somehow slip through the drum seal at the opening during the wash - don't ask me how - and end up inside the machine but outside the drum. Maybe a mole or mouse got into the machine, died there, and that's where it ended up. Have you taken the thing apart to look? (unplug it first if you do...)

 

Related topic: http://www.toytowngermany.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=59997

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Have you taken the thing apart to look? (unplug it first if you do...)

 

We took off the back today, found nothing. There was also no smell in the back casing, only in the front drum itself. We unhooked all the hoses - nothing there (no clogging, or smell in the hoses). I have already cleaned out the filter (was nothing there either).

:)

 

Also, no missing socks :)

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A: This is a fairly common problem, where a bad odour comes from the washing machine or washer dryer, especially after a lot of low temperature wash use. 


First let's set your mind at rest: there is no component that can fail to cause a bad odour from inside a washer. In nearly all cases, it will be from some external source, or most likely the way the machine is used. 

There are two major factors that can cause the problem that you should check before calling out an engineer. 


1. Do you use liquid detergent? 


If you do, then this is most likely the problem as there is no chlorine bleaching agents in liquid powder and it has a tendency leave the machine smelling a bit after a while. It is also prone to over-dosing, which can lead to a congealed mass of hardened detergent in the inner or outer drum which, in bad cases can corrode the drum shaft. 


The cure is to either do what is called a "Maintenance Wash" (a boil wash with no clothes or detergent in) at least once per month, preferrably twice, or use powder (for Whites, not colours, so you know it should have bleaching agents in) and wash through a boil wash empty. Or you can use dishwasher cleaner or Washing Soda Crystals, or even bicarbonate of soda, all are very effective at cleaning this. The Waitrose Dishwasher Cleaner is about half the cost of the Finish product, and I have occasionally seen a similar product specifically for washing machines by Buster (Challs Ltd), but I am not sure if it is still available. I notice that HOTPOINT user manuals (and maybe others) now recommend a Maintenance Wash every few weeks.


2. Backfilling from the house waste. 


Sometimes appliances are incorrectly installed (badly installed stand-pipe outlet and/or U-bend) allowing dirty water from the drain to come back into the appliance, via the outlet drain pipe. If you see the appliance slowly filling when it's switched off it is almost certain that this is the problem and you will need it fixed, or get a plumber if not sure how to.

 

 

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hope this might help :)

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Thanks G :D However, I use sensitive skin soap and softener - so no odor or perfume in the soap.

 

I will run one last wash of hot water/bleach again and see what happens.

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If all else fails, you might have to get a man in to look at it - they claim to be able to fix everything!

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Um, not sure how to take that. Just because I am female, doesn't mean I can't fix things - I mean, I am a licensed aircraft mechanic after all!

 

But I have already contacted someone who may be able to take the drum out (trust me, if I had the tools here to do it, I would have done it myself today) to find out what it is.

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It might be reverse siphoning dirty water out of the drain. Make sure the drain pipe goes UP to at least the height of the washer and loops down into the drain. There's normally a clip at the top rear of the washer to hold the flexible pipe at a higher level.

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Great suggestion YL, that has also been checked.

 

I also removed both hoses to see if they were clogged or draining properly - and all was ok.

 

Thanks for everyone's suggestions, all have already been looked at or tried. Will just have to get a washer specialist in I guess!

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