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Why Is There Mildew And A Strange Smell In My Washing Machine?

As a leading appliance repair company serving Boulder ~ Longmont, Columbine Appliance & Fireplaces knows nothing can be more frustrating than opening a washing machine and noticing a foul odor and seeing mildew inside. Anywhere there is moisture there is the potential for odor-causing molds and mildew. The presence of body oils, grime, soap, water, and the use of non High Efficiency (HE) detergents may result in residue and mold & mildew stains to appear and accumulate behind a the drum of a washing machine. When not properly cleaned regularly, the majority if not all HE washing machines can have the potential for mold and mildew stains as well as odor causing residue to be present.

Another reason you may notice odors related to your washing machine is not leaving the door open when not in use. When the door is left closed air does not circulate, thus not allowing any remaining moisture in the machine to evaporate adequately. The trapped air and moisture can become stagnant thus creating an undesirable odor to result. Columbine Appliance & Fireplaces recommends that when you are not using your washing machine to leave the door open for proper air circulation.