If your Samsung front load washing machine stinks, there are a few things you can do to try and fix the issue. Let’s discuss some of the most common causes of bad smells coming from a Samsung front load washer, and provide tips on how to address them.
Why Your Samsung Front Load Washing Machine Stinks
If your Samsung washer smells like mold, mildew, or just smells sour you’re not going to want to wash your clothes in there! Let’s start by figuring out why your Samsung front load washer stinks, and then we’ll move on to fixing it.
What Causes Washing Machine Odors?
There are several causes of a smelly washing machine. Here are four of the most common reasons!
- Dirty water leaves behind a residue that can build up over time and lead to odors.
- Mold and mildew can grow in any wet environment, and washing machines are no exception.
- Lint and detergent can build up on the seals and other parts of the washer, leading to smells.
- If you use too much detergent or the wrong kind of detergent, it can leave behind a bad smell.
Tips for Getting Rid of Washing Machine Odors
Now that we have your likely causes let’s go through some steps for how to clean Samsung front load washer!
Start with a Self Clean Cycle
Empty any leftover water from the tub with a spin cycle. Pour liquid chlorine bleach into the detergent compartment, not the bleach compartment.
IMPORTANT: Start the self-clean cycle right away after adding bleach. Select the self-clean option on your washer and then press the start/pause button. Allow the washer to dry and see if that has helped the smell. If not, you can self-clean again or try these steps.
Clean the Washer Door Seal
The door gasket is one of the places where mold and mildew can grow. Start by pulling back the door gasket and removing anything stuck in there. Then you will want to wipe down the gasket with a cloth soaked in hot soapy water. You can also use a mildew remover, but make sure it is safe on rubber. Rinse the area with clean water and dry.
Clear Out the Drain Pump Filter
You can usually find the drain pump filter in the front of the washer. The filter can become clogged with lint and other debris, which can cause smells.
- To begin, press on the cover of the pump filter access panel to open it.
- Locate the drain hose and get ready to empty the water. Be prepared with a towel and a container large enough for the amount of water in the washer.
- Twist the cap from the drain hose to remove it. Drain the water after removing the lid.
- Now that all of the water has gone twist the washer pump filter counter-clockwise to remove it.
- Clean the pump filter with a tiny toothbrush or other soft bristle brush, removing dirt or debris.
- Reinstall the pump filter, turning it clockwise until it is secure. Place the cap back on and close the access panel.
Best Way to Prevent Washer Odor
Now that your washing machine smells like mildew no more, let’s keep it that way! The best way to prevent your washing machine from developing odors is to clean it regularly!
- You should always wipe down the door gasket after each load of laundry. This will help to remove any left behind residue.
- At least once a month, you should run a self-clean cycle and clean the detergent dispenser.
- Wash with hot water at least once a week. This will help to remove any residue that has built up over time.
- Leave the door and the detergent drawer open when the washer is not in use. This will allow the area to air out and prevent mold and mildew from growing.
- Use a washing machine cleaner according to the package directions. This will help to remove any residue that has built up over time.
We hope this showed you why your Samsung front load washing machine stinks and solved the problem! If your washing machine is still smelling bad or needs any sort of repair or maintenance done, you can always call the washer repair service team at Handler to help!