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Old 05-01-2012, 04:03 PM   #16
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my front loader washer stinks and some times the towels come out smelling bad too. i would get a HE top loader
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:34 PM   #17
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my front loader washer stinks and some times the towels come out smelling bad too. i would get a HE top loader
Will this solve the problem of HE washers storing water until it's rancid? I installed an HE toploader in one of my customer's new homes recently. I was shocked to see how much water was left in it at the factory. I literally soaked the carpet when I tilted the unit to remove a shipping clip from the base. As for the OP's question, my recent LG experience has not been all that great. I got a killer deal on 1/2 dozen LG range hood microwaves. I installed one in my house and quickly discovered that it was as useless as tits on mule. It didn't perform as well as the $39 unit I have bouncing around in the back of my van. When I rolled the big stack of returned microwaves back into the appliance department, the manager understood my problem and told me that if she was working the floor at the time, she would of talked me out of buying them, as they are shit.
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:16 PM   #18
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My lady friend has LG units. The washer always smells, and that's even with leaving the door open most of the time.

From what I can see, even in spite of all this hype about cleaning ability, front loaders suck.
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Old 05-02-2012, 03:48 AM   #19
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We have Electrolux. They do a great job, have tons of features and are quiet. But that 'wipe and leave the door open' thing pisses my wife off. So much so, if it crapped, she would want a top loader.
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Old 05-02-2012, 05:54 AM   #20
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Regarding the smells from the washer, and the musty smell that ends up in the clothes . .

I always thought it was crappy machine design. I'm on my second FL washer, and it's all about the soap. I don't know what's in the HE stuff, but it makes the difference. I've always left the door open just a bit to allow things to dry, but that didn't seem to make much difference. I still leave the door ajar, but use the HE detergent, and the smell is gone.

HE is low/no suds detergent. If you use regular sudsy soap, if will leave soap residue on your clothes, and the inside of the machine, which will lead to a mildew smell. The way the FL pumps are designed, they're supposed to pump liquid only. If you don't use the HE soap, and the pump sucks up a load of suds, introducing air into the flow, the pump has to work harder. This could lead to premature pump failure, or the pump could kick an error code, and constantly mess up, or stop, the wash cycle.


Your engine has a oil specification, and now your washer has a soap specification. Really.

Just follow what the engineers recommend. It works. Well, too.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:00 AM   #21
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Thumbs down Never again..

About 2 years ago we purchased an LG front loader and it sucks royally. It has a bad design which holds approximately 16 ounces of water in the bottom of the machine at all times. We use HE detergent sparingly and leave the door and the soap dispenser open when it is not in use (really convenient on our 2nd floor..) and it still gets nasty smelling. I do the recommended tub cleaning with bleach and clean the lint trap monthly but it makes no difference.

It is also near impossible to perfectly balance in my second floor laundry and just the bit of vibration that arises from this has cracked the plastic around the soap dispenser slide in thing.... We hate it. My next washer will probably be an HE top loader.

Google "lg washer" and "mold" together before purchasing.

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Old 05-02-2012, 09:50 AM   #22
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About 2 years ago we purchased an LG front loader and it sucks royally. It has a bad design which holds approximately 16 ounces of water in the bottom of the machine at all times. We use HE detergent sparingly and leave the door and the soap dispenser open when it is not in use (really convenient on our 2nd floor..) and it still gets nasty smelling. I do the recommended tub cleaning with bleach and clean the lint trap monthly but it makes no difference.

It is also near impossible to perfectly balance in my second floor laundry and just the bit of vibration that arises from this has cracked the plastic around the soap dispenser slide in thing.... We hate it. My next washer will probably be an HE top loader.

Google "lg washer" and "mold" together before purchasing.

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I not just limited to LG's, the previous house I was renting had a Bosch iirc front loader and that thing would get smelly as well, despite leaving the door open in a very dry climate. The fundamental design of the drainage systems on the FL's is flawed - they always leave a little water behind to sit around and collect mildew. That mildew then gets on the drum where it spreads, so on and so forth. They now have specific products to combat this but they are expensive and I'm unsure aobut their effectiveness. And it kinda defeats the purpose of an efficient washer if you have to run an empty load through it once a week.
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:14 AM   #23
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I've had LG FL for 2 years. No smells (drain the trap per the manual) once a month or so and leave the door open a day or two between loads. No leaks, bad gasket or motor issues. The motor on this one is a direct drive though if it makes any difference. Oh, knock wood
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:37 AM   #24
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samsung has a sterilize cycle to stop the smell
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I've had LG FL for 2 years. No smells (drain the trap per the manual) once a month or so and leave the door open a day or two between loads. No leaks, bad gasket or motor issues. The motor on this one is a direct drive though if it makes any difference. Oh, knock wood
That's just what we've done but the result has been different. Interesting. Ours is direct drive also.
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That's just what we've done but the result has been different. Interesting. Ours is direct drive also.


edit>> I do bleach white clothes once a week
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:50 AM   #27
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Thanks for all the input. Went out this morning and bought a new set of Speed Queen top loader washer/dryer. Commercial quality and made in America.....
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:07 AM   #28
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Thanks for all the input. Went out this morning and bought a new set of Speed Queen top loader washer/dryer. Commercial quality and made in America.....
As long as you keep a roll of quarters handy..............
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:33 AM   #29
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I've never had problems with my old (1998-vintage) Whirlpool front loader.

Then again I use a very low-foaming soap and the water here is chloraminated to shit, so mildew and musty smell issues would be less prevalent.
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Thanks for all the input. Went out this morning and bought a new set of Speed Queen top loader washer/dryer. Commercial quality and made in America.....


Made in America, baby. Fuck yeah!

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I've never had problems with my old (1998-vintage) Whirlpool front loader.

Then again I use a very low-foaming soap and the water here is chloraminated to shit, so mildew and musty smell issues would be less prevalent.
Interesting point. Our water has days where it smells like pool water. Hadn't thought much about it affecting the washer.
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