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Why Does My Washing Machine Smell?

Modern washing machines suffer from a common problem – they get a build-up of grease and bacteria due to lower wash temperatures that can actually damage the appliance if not attended to. After a period of time this can rot hoses and door seals, and cause overfilling, drum failure, and a bad, lingering odour! Why does my washing machine smell? Take a look…

Washing machine with laundryWashing machine smells can be caused by many things but the most likely factor is the accumulation of detergent inside the appliance. If you live in a hard water area then the build-up of limescale can also be a problem as it tends to block up the machine and give out a stale, damp odour, and in severe cases can smell of sewage.

Continual washing at low temperatures means that harmful bacteria isn’t destroyed as when washing on higher temperatures. When combined with bleach free detergents the resulting smell can be quite overpowering.

The source of the smell could also be the sump hose where the dirty water empties from your machine as the grime that accumulates here can emit a strong odour. A clogged or blocked filter can also be responsible so make sure the filter and filter housing is cleaned and cleared on a regular basis.

A more serious problem could be an actual fault in the plumbing causing the water emptying into the U bend to not flow and stagnating as it stands. This pipe acts as a barrier to prevent smells getting into the house from the drains, so this will only get worse over time. Drain hoses also should be checked for leaks as this can allow dirty smelly water to run into the washing machine.

Door seals and soap dispensers are prone to mould which grows and spreads quickly. As soon as you see the evidence of black mould remove it with appropriate cleaning products – as well as being a source of unpleasant smells the spores can cause health issues if inhaled.

Drums and tub heating elements can all suffer from limescale, detergent, and grime build-up causing a foul smelling bacterial odour. Mould and mildew removers will help to get rid of these appliance smells.

Washing machine detergentWays to avoid the smell:

  • Use a good quality washing detergent
  • Measure the correct quantity of detergent
  • Regularly use the hot wash cycle
  • Do a hot maintenance wash weekly
  • Clean the washing machine with approved products
  • Leave the door and drawer dispenser open between washes
  • Remove the dispenser drawer to thoroughly clean it

When you just can’t fix it…

There may come a time when you’ve tried your best but the problem won’t go away! Get in touch with a reputable washing machine repair company who specialise in domestic appliances. You’ll be guaranteed highly trained technicians using modern tools and equipment to carry out your fully insured service – and it’ll come with a six month guarantee! Make sure you get a free quote before you agree to any work, and then you’ll be able to make a booking at short notice.