Why Do All Front Loading Washers Smell Like Mold and Mildew?

All front loading washers and dryers, whether they are combination washer and dryer sets, stackable washer and dryer models, or stand-alone side-by-side appliances, eventually start to develop a mildew/mold smell. This is largely due to the fact that a small amount of water remains in the washer after the cycle is completed. There is no way to manually remove the excess water since it is not accessible. However, there are several things you can do to prevent this problem and keep your clothes smelling fresh and clean.

  1. Leave the door open after cycles. Leaving the door slightly open prevents humidity and water from being trapped inside the washer and makes it easier for the water to evaporate.
  2. Wipe down the drum and door seals after cycles. Use a dry cloth to remove any water and moisture from the door, drum, and door seals.
  3. Run the clean cycle at least once a month. Modern front loading washers have a clean cycle, or use the regular cycle on the cold setting. Use an appropriate product, or make your own cleaning solution with a mixture of vinegar and baking soda, poured directly into the drum.
  4. Do not leave clothes in the washer for an extended period of time. Wet clothes left overnight or longer in a front loading washer will smell and have to be rewashed. Even in combination washer and dryer models, you should not leave the dry clothes overnight.

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How to Choose Laundry Detergents for a Washer and Dryer Combo

Deciding which laundry detergents to use with your new washer and dryer combo is important. Most modern washer dryer combo appliances are high efficiency (HE). This means you want to look at laundry brands featuring the HE logo, as regular detergents and products are not recommended for HE washers and dryers. Once you narrow down a list of HE brands, the next step is to find and use the right detergents and products to get your clothes clean.

There are powders, liquids, tablets, and capsules all available. Powders work well in warm and hot water cycles. They are perfect for ground-in dirt and clay. Liquids are recommended for oily or greasy stains, and these work in any water temperature. In addition, liquids can be used to pre-treat clothes. Laundry tablets and capsules are well suited for regular full loads, but become more costly when used for partial loads or in cases where the clothes are heavily soiled, since you have to use two or more tablets or capsules.

Ideally, you want to stock up on several detergents and products. Stocking multiple laundry detergents and products gives you the best flexibility to choose which ones to use based on the soil level, load size, and cycle, such as pre-treating grass and dirt stains with liquid detergent, but using powder detergent for the regular wash cycle.

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Making Sense of Stackable Washer Dryer Reviews

Whenever you are shopping for a new washer and dryer, it never hurts to look at reviews of your favorite brands. There are numerous sources of information you can explore, from magazines, online publications, and manufacturer’s website reviews, to community forums. As you are researching stackable washer dryer reviews on community web forums, there are few things to keep in mind to help you make sense of comments and feedback left by others.

  1. Is the Feedback Left about the Actual Appliance? Far too often, people are quick to post negative comments when they receive poor customer service. This in no way implies the quality of the stacked washer dryer model or how it compares to other similar models.
  2. Is the Review for the Right Stackable Washer and Dryer? There are several different types of appliances considered stacked machines. Some models are a washer dryer combo consisting of a single appliance with a top loading washer on the bottom and a front loading dryer on top. Other models are stand-alone front loading appliances that can be stacked using a stacking kit.
  3. Was the Dryer Given Poor Feedback because It Is Ventless? Ventless drying operates differently than traditional drying. Drying cycles tend to take longer than vented drying, but, energy-wise, use a fraction of electricity to fully dry your clothes. What may have been left out of the review is the increase in cycle time only averages around 30 minutes longer than vented dryers.

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A Washer Dryer Combo Is ADA Compliant

One issue for rental properties which have handicap accessible units and a central laundry area is ensuring that people with disabilities are able to easily access the laundry area. This can be a major expense for some communities, in situations where the shared laundry area is not on a ground floor. In addition, the washer and dryers in the laundry area have to be front-loading, and cannot be stacked, in order to be ADA compliant. For most communities, meeting the ADA requirements is a challenge due to the size of shared laundry areas and the placement of appliances within the space. The easiest way to avoid the expenses associated with making shared laundry areas ADA compliant is to install a washer dryer combo in all of your handicap accessible units.

A combination washer and dryer is a front loading appliance and meets reasonably accessible ADA requirements. They are easy to load, unload, and control for people with disabilities, even wheelchair-bound people. The placement of the appliance within the rental home does need to be in a location where there are no obstructions in front of the washer and dryer in one.

Installation is not difficult, even in rental homes without existing laundry connections. All that is required is access to hot and cold water lines, a drain line, and a standard 3-prong 110V outlet, since the dryer uses ventless drying technologies. The appliance could be installed under the countertop in the kitchen or bathroom, or by converting a hallway or bedroom closet.

To learn more about washer dryer combo appliances for your handicap accessible rental units, call us at 800-875-1533.

How to Spice Up Laundry Day with an LG Washer Dryer Combo

Doing laundry does not have to be a major chore taking up your entire day. There are several things you can do to make the hours pass more quickly and ensure you maximize your time. Before starting a load of laundry in your LG washer dryer combo, plan out what you want to do while the cycle runs. Since the combination washer dryer washes and dries your clothes in the same appliance, you will have between 2 ½ and 3 hours per cycle. During this time, you could complete other household chores, such as running the vacuum, dusting, washing dishes, or running errands.

While you are doing laundry in your LG washer dryer combo and completing other household chores, listening to your favorite music helps keep you motivated and focused on what you need to get done. You could also turn on the television and listen to your local news and weather in the background. If you have children at home, and they are old enough to help with chores, involve them in the laundry and cleaning activities by engaging them in various games. For example, you can have them help sort clothes by placing their clothing into individual stacks of the same colors, and reward them with a treat for correctly color matching all of the clothes.

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Benefits of a Washer Dryer Combo

There are several benefits of a washer dryer combo, compared to conventional laundry pairs. Both the washing and drying functions are combined into a single machine to eliminate the amount of space needed for individual washers and dryers. An all-in-one washer dryer can be installed in just about any location in your home, apartment, condo, or business, because it fits into small spaces.

Another benefit of a washer dryer combo is ventless drying. You do not have to worry about dryer vents or special dryer electrical cords and connections. The drying function uses advanced condensation drying to remove moisture from the clothes. The only types of connections required are access to hot and cold water lines, a discharge drain, and a 3-prong 110V common household outlet.

You can convert an all-in-one washer dryer into a portable machine if you do not have any existing washer connections in your home, condo, apartment, or business. The conversion kit attaches to the water intake hoses and discharge hose to create a single-piece connector which attaches to most kitchen faucets. You should also add a wheel kit to make it easy to roll the washer dryer up to the sink and store it out of your way whenever you are not using it.

For more information about combination washer dryer models, browse our website, or call us today at 800-875-1533. Our laundry experts can help you find the best solution for your home or business.

Operating a Washer Dryer Combo

A washer dryer combo operates slightly differently from traditional laundry pairs. Because both the washing and drying functions are combined into a single appliance, the actual cycle time is much longer. Even though the cycle times are longer, it is no different from the combined time of using individual appliances to wash and dry your clothes. It is important to be aware of the longer cycle times so you can adjust your laundry habits to get the maximum benefits out of your new all-in-one washer dryer.

Whenever you want to do a load of laundry, you have to remember to program the appropriate functions. For instance, if you want to just wash the clothes and hang them outside to dry, you need to disable the drying cycle. You can also run the dryer function by itself in cases where you hand washed delicate clothing and want to dry it on low heat.

The drying function in your new washer dryer combo uses water condensation ventless drying, which is different from conventional vented dryers. Ventless technology removes moisture from the clothes by recycling the heated air and using cold water to convert steam back into water as it is removed from the clothes. This is a much more energy-efficient method for drying clothes, and costs less than vented drying, but may require the dryer to run slightly longer than what you are normally accustomed to with a vented dryer.

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