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I have an LG WM2250CW. I'm also extremely, extraordinarily, insanely allergic to mold. Recently, clothes coming out of the washing

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Old 01-24-2017, 10:38 AM
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I have an LG WM2250CW. I'm also extremely, extraordinarily, insanely allergic to mold. Recently, clothes coming out of the washing machine have been making me sick, and running the washer on its self-clean cycle hasn't solved the problem. I'm trying to figure out what I can do to really, really, REALLY thoroughly clean the washer.

The boot seal is the obvious culprit, and I could replace that, which would get rid of any nasties stuck in there. I'm also guessing that the little drain hose has gotten clogged, because water has been staying trapped in the boot seal. That seems like an obvious thing to do. (Though man, coughing up $83 for that inner spring expansion tool is a drag, and I wish there were some reasonable way of doing without it.)

I'm wondering if there are other things that I can/should clean or replace. Remember, we're not talking about ordinary mold concerns, we're talking about a degree of sensitivity that's almost beyond belief. So if there's anywhere that water or mold or gunk could conceivably get caught, I want to know about it.

TIA!


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Old 04-12-2017, 03:49 PM
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Given your sensitivity to contaminants, you might want to tear it down and give the tub, drum, and hoses a thorough cleaning. It's also a good opportunity to check the spider, seal, and bearings for wear, rust, and cracks.

You don't really need the ridiculously expensive spring tool. I hear zip ties and an extra pair of hands are adequate to pull apart the spring. Or just use a screwdriver (carefully) to pry on/off the clamp. Maybe a bicycle tire tool would work here?

I have that same washer. I bought it used and (stupidly) ignored the musty smell in the original owner's garage. I don't think they did a single thing to keep the machine clean. Turns out it was FULL of muck. I ran a tub clean cycle, and it dislodged so much crap the tub-to-pump hose completely clogged up. Fortunately the machine runs fine, but I intend to do a complete tear-down and rebuild with new boot, tub-to-pump hose, spider, bearings, and seals. I will also be going over every internal surface with rags, brushes, and disinfectant.

These are great machines, but they do require some TLC on occasion. Let us know how yours goes, if you decide to have at it.
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