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Subject: Need a New Washing Machine - Questions Date: 3/15/14 7:44 PM

Think the 10 year old front loader is on it's last legs, for which, HOORAY. Major smell problems with it. But, an HE machine really is a good idea since we are on a well and worry about depleting it and we are on septic and worry about flooding it. Both HE top load and HE front loaders will use less water than a regular top loader.

So, if you have a front loader, do you have a way to get enough water into it to pre-shrink large bolts of fabric? I can't with mine but hopefully there are some new features that will help with this now.

Do they still smell? How do you keep them from smelling? Actually, ours doesn't smell. It's the first discharge water that smells. But it smells awful.

Would you use the steam feature available on some to pre-shrink? Wouldn't it be too hard on fabric? Does it keep the machine clean though?

Some have what they call a drum cleaning cycle, do those work? Some have a sanitize cycle for cleaning too but we are afraid it would cook the septic as it uses very hot water.

Any reports, suggestions, ideas welcome.
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Date: 3/15/14 8:08 PM

Our Samsung doesn't smell, but we leave the door open when we aren't using it and use the machine cleaning stuff a few times a year. I also clean out the filter every other month, as recommended.

I often find that for clothes that need a real wash, the regular cycle does not have enough water to get the sweat, dirt, etc. out. I can tell my washer that I am washing towels and that ups the water level enough to get them properly clean. I also use Oxyclean and hot water on DH's yucky gym clothes. I don't care what the care label says.

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Date: 3/15/14 9:31 PM

I've got a family, so I have a lot of laundry to wash. I bought an LG front loading HE washing machine three years ago, which is still going well and strong.

There are no issues with mold or odors.

(1) I leave the door open after taking the wash out (and I take it out as soon as it's done, not leaving it in); (2) I do a cleaning cycle bi-monthly (which is simply hot, hot water + vinegar); (3) I wipe down the rubber gasket monthly with Lysol wipes; and (4) I use .no fabric softener (which apparently is part of the issue with some of the HE front loaders -- something about icky build-up).

My clothing, washable rugs, blankets, towels -- everything -- actually gets cleaner now than before with my regular old fashioned agitator top loader, even though it's using less water. Just watching through the clear glass door, I can see why: It's like you've got a giant washing your clothes, a gentle giant (from Narnia?) tossing and turning and tossing and turning your items over and over and over. They are so incredibly well-washed, but as there's no central agitator, they aren't twisted harshly, either. Best of both worlds. I've had no ripped items, no shredding, tears, holes...nothing left unclean or stained.... And, it takes double the amount of laundry that my old TL could handle. This machine has been wonderful. I wish I could thank LG in person.

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Date: 3/15/14 10:11 PM

I can ditto everything you said. I love my LG. Not one problem in 2 years. But you must leave the door open.

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Date: 3/16/14 10:34 AM

Another happy LG front loader owner here. I wipe it dry inside and inside the gap in the gasket at the end of every wash session, leave the door open between uses, and, following the machine's website directions, use the cleaning cycle monthly with chlorine bleach in the washer. Also we use either the shot glass sized mini measure or a similarly sized Oxo measure (both from bed, bath and beyond) to accurately measure detergent for every load. Again directions are on the web for amounts. A couple of times a year I clean out the extra drainable compartment in the front of the machine too. Sometimes instead of HE detergent I use a tiny dab of Orvis paste mixed with some water. That seems to be fine but a friend had a sorcerer's apprentice type experience using too much Orvis in a front loader so be careful. She almost disappeared under the bubbles leaking around the door!

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Date: 3/16/14 10:38 AM

5 years of trouble-free enjoyment out of my LG front-loader. No smells but we leave the door open. I do a LOT of laundry, with two boys. Clothes and towels cleaner than ever before.

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Date: 3/16/14 10:51 AM

What everyone else said about their LG. Dry the gasket after the wash session. Leave the door open. No smells. As far as getting enough water mine has an extra water feature. I use it for sheets and towels. After 3 years I am still in love with mine. I can get lots of fabric in there!







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Date: 3/16/14 11:31 AM

I am kind of surprised your machine is going bad after only 10 years. Do you have really hard water and does it have any smell to it?
I have a Duet washer & dryer and we have a well and septic. Your septic should be able to handle whatever water temp you use. Using a septic treatment once a month is a good idea.
There has never been an issue with smell. We were told from the beginning to keep the front gasket dry. We pull it over and clean/dry underneath too. We do the HE cleaning product once a month and keep the door ajar between use. Fabric softener is a definite no-no. It can gunk up the underside of the tub too.
I wonder if your sensor was bad because they usually judge the amount of water to use based on the amount of clothing in the tub.
I love the front-loaders and will never go back to a top-loader.

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Date: 3/16/14 4:06 PM

I have a Maytag top loading HE (no agitator) as well as a septic system.

I use the cleaning product when the indicator comes on to remind and have not had any odor.....but, this is a top loader.

I also use RidX in the drain (toilet, or sink if you use liquid).

No septic problems and we had the tank pumped a few years ago and got a thumbs up for perfect condition, if you can give poop a thumbs up.

For preshrinking, you can pause (the top loader) and reposition the fabric if need be.

Now - what is the preference to a front loader vs a top loader? I can't always reach the socks at the back of the TL's drum, but it will turn so I can reach the little buggers.


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Date: 3/16/14 4:10 PM

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Now - what is the preference to a front loader vs a top loader? I can't always reach the socks at the back of the TL's drum, but it will turn so I can reach the little buggers.


I can't answer for everyone else, but for me it's low water usage (I live in the desert) and no agitator. It's quiet and, well, I don't know if looks count, but mine look like little rocketships. I just love them. No going back to a top loader for me.

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