Question about LG Washing Machines
I have had 2 occassions where my clothes have emerged from my washer with grease streaks. I only use HE detergent, and have only recently begun using fabric softener. The first incident happened before I had ever used softener in the machine. My washer is approaching 2 years, and I do not have any mold or mildew smell. I did a tub rinse and routinely wipe out the rubber seal and leave the door open most times after washing. Could I be having an issue with the bearings or some other motor issue which causes grease to be released? It seems to happen at the end of the cycle because the deposits are streaked and don't look as if they were smudged from a wash/rinse cycle...any thoughts??? I am very happy with the washer in every other way and am hoping there is a simple/cheap fix... I was wondering why I get these dark gray spots on my Life Is Good tee shirts...I can only be coming from the washer. I have tried a number of cleaners, but none work.
Do a couple of tub clean cycles. Then do a quick wash with a cup of bleach thrown into washer on hottest setting. If you are using liquid soap, then switch to powder--no residue leftovers. Use max 2 tablespoons of detergent but only 1 1/2 is needed for full loads. Never use softener. If grease spots persist then I would guess bearing seal is the problem. Good luck.
Posted on Mar 09, 2017
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
If the problem was a bearing issue you would hear it. There is very little grease in the bearings, so I don't think that is the problem. It could be the fabric softener or maybe something that was left in a pocket. Try washing the clothes out again to see if it comes out.
I have heard of this on the dryer before.
Posted on Jul 20, 2008
I have the exact same problem and I have NEVER used fabric softner. My washer is less than a year old. It is wiped down after each use, the door is left open, and we clean the trap out at least monthly.
Posted on Jun 23, 2010
We run a small hotel and have been having this same problem with our LG Direct Drive WM2301HW... but the stains aren't grease at all... they're from sledge buildup in the washer. I found this out when I cleaned the lint trap behind the small door at the bottom left, on front of the machine. I ran my finger around the interior and found it lined with black, stinky muck. Due to the low position of the filter, this area never fully drains, so the muck collects and the bacteria grows. Of course, this means the pipes or hoses to the filter are probably also lined with this muck.... Poor design!!! Try running the washer empty (no clothes) with a couple cups of honest to goodness chlorine bleach. Then run it again to make sure all the stuff that came loose gets pumped out.
Posted on Dec 21, 2012
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