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 Posted: Sun Sep 19th, 2010 05:54 pm
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Hi,
The problem that i have is that there are spots on some of the clothers that go through the washer.  On the dark clothes, they look like a blotch of light white.  Almost like bleach but bleach would make them really white - you can see the color of the shirt but it has a light white irregular ring and it is a little lighter in the middle.  On the white clothes the spots are much smaller and look a little like rust but not quite.  They are a brownish/redish color and very small.

Any ideas what this could be?  I am not going to take the machine apart but I am trying to decide if I should buy a new machine or if the repair would be simple enough to repair and not cost more than it was worth.  I can't remember how old the machine is but i would say under 10 years.

I have run a cycle with hot water and a cup of vinegar in the detergent slot.  I also added a little vinegar to the bleach and fabric softener slot to clean those.

I ran a load after this using the detergent (HE) and 1/2 cup of borax.  This seemed to not leave any spots but this was inconclusive since the spots don't show up everytime.  I am going to do some more load to test the borax but I really think that there is something else.

any thoughts?

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Have you always used HE detergent? How often do you run a clean out cycle?



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I have used HE detetergent for about the last two years and I don't know about the cleaning.  I haven't done anything on a regular basis.  I did just did the vinegar rinse if that is what you are talking about.  I also have some 'CLR' cleaner that I was going to try today.  It said to run it through an empty cycle like I did for the vinegar. 

Does that shed any light?

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If you have a Home Depot in your area go buy a product called "AFFRESH" it's a cleaner for Front Loaders. It should be used Regularly

Also, how much detergent do you use per load?



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i don't use much detergent.  the HE detergent cap has 3 levels and I use level 1.

I will try the afresh tomorrow.

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HI,

i tried it and it worked.  Although I am going to do one more load for the whites and the yellowish/brownish stain.  But i did one yesterday and I don't see any problems.

Since you were so good, I have another machine that is in my basement that I would try to take apart if it was simple enough.  I am told that it needs a new 'solinode' because water will not run into the machine.

is this hard and something that i could attempt?  If i shouldn't do it, is it a big fix for a professional? Should i just get another machine?

thanks for your help.

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Very simple repair, what is the model # of that machine?



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Hi again,

I will get the model number of the other machine but I wanted to ask about the GE machine again.  Sometimes a white garment in a load of wash will have a small circle of a redish/brownish stain.  Using borax seems to eliminate this at least in the last load.  is this due to hard water and that is why the borax works or might this stain come back again even if using borax?

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Do you have a problem with hard water throughout the house? Stains in the toilets and tub?



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hi,

For the solenoid washer problem, it is a Whirlpool LCR7244HQ0 (I Guess that last one could be an 'O' but I think it is a zero.

Thanks,

Mary

 

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nothing unusual with stains in other parts of the house.

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That's a portable washer right? Is it set up to hook to your sink faucet or to a normal hot and cold faucet. Normally with the type of valve that comes up as a replacement for your machine it would be a standard set up, but the hose pictured only has a connector for one of the inlet valve ports.

As far as the GE, if you only ran one cycle with the Affresh, try running another another. Does the stain appear every time you wash with your normal detergent? Are you washing only whites with whites or are you mixing?

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for the maytag, it might be a portable.  It is permanently hooked up to the sink in the basement.  Is the problem with the connectors, is that why you showed me the pictures?

 

For the GE washer, the spots are only happening with white only loads, the spots on the colors have not been reproduced even without the borax.  Even with the white loads, there might be spots on one or two garments - not on the whole load.  During my testing, there weren't spots on the whites when borax was added.  Wondering if there was something I could do so that the borax wasn't needed.

Thanks, Mary Beth

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The breakdown for the Maytag show the above pictured valve which is for a normal washer but it also shows a hose assembly for a portable washer which usually takes a different looking valve. What was the problem that you were having with the Maytag? No water?

As Far as the GE it's hard to say whats causing the issue. You are noticing the problem before the garment is put in the dryer right?

Can you link us a picture perhaps?



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I'm back.  Had to find a new place to live and I am now moved in but I still have washing machine issues that I need to take care of.

The maytag machine problem is that when you turn the machine on, no water comes in.  I was told that this was probably the solenoid (sp?) and you indicated that this was an easy problem to fix.  I was wondering what parts I needed and where I could go to find directions to do whatever was necessary.

The GE front loader problem is little rust looking spots on some white clothes.  I've taken pictures but you can't really see them because they are so tiny and light and it happens on one garment - also only happens on white loads.  You don't get them if you use Borax but I have a very picky tenant who won't use it.  I've told her that she has to but if I could find another solution I would like to do that.  One thing that I thought (after reading other posts) was to check the bleach/detergent/softener dispensers.  At least in some of the top loaders, the area under the bleach dispenser would get rusty and send these little spots onto the clothes.  So I wanted to check this but I don't know how to take out the dispenser so I can look under it.  Can you either tell me how to do this or send me somewhere to find directions?

Thanks, Mary Beth

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The valve for the maytag is linked in one of my previous posts a few back. You will need to verify voltage to the valve during fill to ensure that it is your problem.

The dispensor drawer on the GE just pulls out, there's a tab you press down on the release it from the machine.



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