Maintenance tips for HE washer

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We moved to a new rental home and it has a HE washer and dryer. I'm looking for maintenance tips for taking care of these appliances. One tip I do know of is leaving the front door open after finishing washing so the seal can properly dry to avoid mold issues.
 
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Check to see if the washer has a "cleaning cycle", and run that cycle from time to time. Depending on what type of soap has been run through it, the machine may have a lot of soap build-up that may adversely impact the sensors and it may not run as efficiently as possible. I discovered this cleaning cycle on my LG washer by accident and the first time I ran the cycle, it washed out a TON of soap build-up! smile Ed
 
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Avoid liquid fabric softeners. Only use HE detergent and follow fill directions. Run a "Sanitizer" wash once in a while with the appropriate citric acid cleaner. Keep front door ajar and wipe rubber seal with a towel to mop up the little bit of water which collects at the bottom.
 
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Our GE front loader has an access panel on the lower front. Behind it is a strainer to catch debris that has gone through the machine. Open and clean it periodically (quarterly?). It tends to collect a lot of stuff. Have a small catch pan or absorbent towel ready to catch the liquids.
 
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The single most important thing to do is to check pockets for stuff. Especially things that can cut or damage the door seal. Level it side to side, front to back. As others have said clean out the filter that is under the machine. Use HE detergent, follow directions, a little less is better than a little more. Clean washing machine cleaner every month or two. Shake out dog beds before washing to get off the dog hair.
 
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Don't overload it. Be gentle when opening/closing the door/drawers. A lot of people are rough and don't realize it or don't care.
 
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Originally Posted by BMWTurboDzl
Avoid liquid fabric softeners. Only use HE detergent and follow fill directions. Run a "Sanitizer" wash once in a while with the appropriate citric acid cleaner. Keep front door ajar and wipe rubber seal with a towel to mop up the little bit of water which collects at the bottom.
Why avoid liquid fabric softener.
 
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Originally Posted by skyactiv
Don't overload it. Be gentle when opening/closing the door/drawers. A lot of people are rough and don't realize it or don't care.
I agree with the suggestion not to overload it. But filling it is fine and sometimes beneficial. Our GE washer will not spin one or two towels, Unbalanced. But 5 or more is fine.
 
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Originally Posted by skyactiv
Don't overload it. Be gentle when opening/closing the door/drawers. A lot of people are rough and don't realize it or don't care.
I agree with the suggestion not to overload it. But filling it is fine and sometimes beneficial. Our GE washer will not spin one or two towels, Unbalanced. But 5 or more is fine.
 
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Don't use those saop pods. They may be OK in really hot water but the pod itself doesn't fully dissolve in the cold. And it'll cause issues down the road.
 
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Originally Posted by Char Baby
Don't use those saop pods. They may be OK in really hot water but the pod itself doesn't fully dissolve in the cold. And it'll cause issues down the road.
We stopped using the pods and switched to liquid. I sanitize when it starts to stink. Stinks a lot more often in the summer than winter. I run a little bleach through it during the sanitize cycle. Tried vinegar and whatnot but bleach worked the best. And it's cheap enough.
 
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HE front loaders are great especially if belt driven, direct drive not so much. the clean cycle usually uses bleach, but using white vinegar as a softener substitute works well.
 

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Originally Posted by gathermewool
Everything has been covered. Close thread, please!
Thanks for the input. Very helpful.
 
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Originally Posted by Char Baby
Don't use those saop pods. They may be OK in really hot water but the pod itself doesn't fully dissolve in the cold. And it'll cause issues down the road.
Yep... I had one not dissolve completely and it looked like I used my black shirt for something really inappropriate.
 
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One other thing I personally do is leave the dispenser drawer open between cycles too to let it dry out at well - my Electrolux front load has a tendency to build up mildew in the non-water rinsed parts of the drawer and enclosure. After cleaning it the first time and starting to leave the drawer open have not had any further mildew buildup - it was pretty gnarly the first time I pulled the drawer completely out when it was ~6 months old. My Electrolux is ~1.5 years old and leaving the door ajar between washes (it actually has a handy spring and magnet equipped plunger contraption for this) and have not had any odor or mildew/mold buildup in the interior. I run the clean washer cycle every 20 or so washes and do a nice dose of vinegar in the clean washer cycle maybe once every 2-3 months.
 
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Even with leaving the door open, overtime mold will still build up and it will begin to smell musty--no matter the brand of washer. I find that running an extra load of bleach with no clothes in the washer does the best for killing the mold.
 
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Originally Posted by Donald
Originally Posted by BMWTurboDzl
Avoid liquid fabric softeners. Only use HE detergent and follow fill directions. Run a "Sanitizer" wash once in a while with the appropriate citric acid cleaner. Keep front door ajar and wipe rubber seal with a towel to mop up the little bit of water which collects at the bottom.
Why avoid liquid fabric softener.
It remains behind in the washer and becomes food for mold.
 
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