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Originally Posted by i10casual View Post

One thing I've learned not to do is buy a front loading washer. The thing molds so fast.

There was a pretty good discussion about this a while back. All you have to do is regularly use hot water and bleach to wash your whites (eliminates detergent buildup inside the washer) and leave the door open after each load (lets it dry out).
post #1562 of 2432
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Originally Posted by i10casual View Post

One thing I've learned not to do is buy a front loading washer. The thing molds so fast.

Just leave the front door open after you use it. Closing it up develops mold and the smell.
post #1563 of 2432
Thank you. We just started leaving it open. I haven't tried the bleach yet.
post #1564 of 2432
The hot water is probably more important. It gets that soap scum off the inner drum. That's what the mold/mildew/whatever is eating.

If yours already stinks, do the hot water/bleach thing, then run vinegar through it to get rid of any residual smell. It works.
post #1565 of 2432

I have scrubbed the hell out of our front loader and used the clean cycle quite often.  It still stinks.  I think since it came with the townhouse when we bought it, the previous owners never maintained it and will never get better.

post #1566 of 2432
Yeah once mildew really takes hold it's all but impossible to completely eliminate.
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Originally Posted by jbarwick View Post

I have scrubbed the hell out of our front loader and used the clean cycle quite often.  It still stinks.  I think since it came with the townhouse when we bought it, the previous owners never maintained it and will never get better.

You can't reach the parts have mold growing on them without taking the machine apart. A frontloader has two drums -- a inner, stainless steel one that spins, and an outer plastic drum that's stationary. The plastic one is usually ribbed for strength, meaning it has lots of recesses for gunk to grow in. Here's a picture of mine (I had to replace the bearings):

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You can disassemble a frontloader (at least, this is true for mine) with common hand tools in an afternoon, if you really want to clean it good.
post #1568 of 2432
Our has some deep mold I can't clean. I will be buying a top loader as soon as I pay off my credit cards. I priced just buying a new front end but that will be $500 to replace.
post #1569 of 2432
But aren't front loaders much easier on your clothes?

This is sf after all...
post #1570 of 2432
You can get a top loader without the agitator.
post #1571 of 2432
I've never seen this problem. I always keep the door open. And I usually wash cold too. Mine is a Bosch.
post #1572 of 2432
We're on our second front-loader. The first one got kind of funky because we weren't diligent about preventing it (mostly because we'd never had one before and didn't realize you needed to be careful). Once it got the funk, it was pretty hard to eradicate completely. For the second one, we've been much more attentive to it, and there hasn't been any issue at all. The biggest thing is to remember to leave the door open so it can dry out.

Also, FWIW, when we bought the newer one, the sales lady said a common cause of mildew problems is using too much soap. IIRC, she said this applies to the seals on the front, because they're treated somehow to inhibit the growth of mildew, and the excess soap messes that up. I've never bothered to corroborate it, so take it with a grain of salt, but it might be worth looking into if you're having issues.
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Originally Posted by otc View Post

But aren't front loaders much easier on your clothes?

This is sf after all...

Yes, and the difference is, in my experience, dramatic.
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Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post

Do you guys know of anyone who sells Sargent locks and Ceco door frames online?

McMaster has some Sargent locks (and could probably order whatever you want).
They have some door frames...like most of their stuff, they don't list a brand, but it is always quality and they might be able to get you the Ceco frames if that is specifically what you want.
post #1574 of 2432
Thanks OTC, I'll give them a call.
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Thread Starter 
What's the difference between a top-loading and front-loading HE washer?

We have a top loader (e.g. the ones without the agitator) and we haven't had any problems. Haven't had to do anything different/fancy with it either.
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