Home Maintenance 101: How to Diagnose and Fix Washer Odor Issues

Home Maintenance 101 How to Diagnose and Fix Washer Odor Issues

Becoming a homeowner is something most adults dream of. While a lot of hard work will go into making this dream a reality, it is worth the effort. The average homeowner spends thousands of dollars each year maintaining the systems and appliances in their residence.  The appliances that you use daily, like your washing machine, need to be cared for to avoid problems. In some cases, the problems you face with your washing machine will involve bad odors.

These bad odors will not only make your home smell bad; they can affect the smell of your clothing as well. This is why diagnosing and fixing the cause of these bad odors is imperative. Below are some issues that can cause a washing machine to emit bad odors.

Problems with the Drainage System

Washing machines are designed to take water in, wash clothing and then remove the water with the help of a drainage system. As a washing machine gets older, the components that make up the drainage system may wear out or become clogged. This can result in stagnant water accumulating in the washer, which can cause very bad odors.

If you start to notice these odors, the first thing you should do is assess the condition of the drainage system. The longer you allow these drainage problems to persist, the harder it will be to avoid problems with dangerous bacteria and mold. If you are unable to figure out how to fix your washer drainage issues, call in professionals for assistance.

Low Water Temperatures Can Cause Washer Problems

Most homeowners are passionate about saving money on monthly energy costs. This attempt to conserve energy usually leads to a homeowner washing their clothing with cold water. While this is a great way to save money, it can also cause bad odors to surface. The cold water you wash clothing with will be unable to remove the bad smells left behind by bacteria.

When you notice bad smells coming from your washing machine, you need to consider washing a few loads with hot water. By doing this, you can remove the bacteria that is causing these odors. Varying the water temperatures you use to wash clothing can help you avoid odor issues altogether.

Check Your Seal

The more loads you put in your washer, the more gunk and debris you will see on the lid seal. Ignoring the need for seal cleaning can result in bad odors developing. This is why cleaning this seal with a mixture or bleach and warm water is so important. Doing this once every couple of months can help you keep the seal clean and odor free. Waiting until odors start to come from this area will make it harder to fix this problem, which is why routine maintenance is advisable.

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