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Old 07-07-2020, 04:48 PM
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We have recently started seeing some type of scum in our washer. Any idea what it is and how to remove it? We wipe out the washer tub after every use and yet it is always present after each wash


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You have a clean tub cycle on your washer?
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If you remove the agitator it may have a bunch of gunk hidden inside of it.
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No answer, but my GF is having the exact same issue. No idea what it is. She's used a cleaner specific to washers and it didn't help. Her's does not have an agitator. Her son used to work somewhere that he came home filthy. Always thought it was connected, but he hasn't worked there in about 5 months and the problem still exists. It's like a greasy sand. I thought there may be some type of filter in the system that needs cleaning, but I couldn't find any info online.
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Kinda looks like the muck that comes out of old pipes or an old hot water heater.
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Have you checked the strainer screen (probably under the agitator?)? That stuff looks a little large to get thru the strainer and may be staying in the washer cycle-to-cycle? I assume the pump is taking all the other dirty water OUT? It MAY be staying on the "walls" on the OUTSIDE of the tube and just falling back down when the rinse/spin cycle finishes?

Don't have any idea WHAT it IS?

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It looks like broken bits of plastic, it may be the gear in the agitator disintegrating. Google agitator gear for the washer and you will probably find a video showing how to remove and replace. If I remember right it was about a $3 part. It should be easy to check and determine if it is the problem or not.
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Originally Posted by Tegin1 View Post
It looks like broken bits of plastic, it may be the gear in the agitator disintegrating. Google agitator gear for the washer and you will probably find a video showing how to remove and replace. If I remember right it was about a $3 part. It should be easy to check and determine if it is the problem or not.
this^^^^^, moms was doing this, changed it and it fixed the problem, take off the whole front of the washer,remove drum and replace part...about a 15 minute job
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Is this a front load washer??
Might need to take it to the dump.
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My daughter had this problem, if you have hard water it can get the soap to turn hard and cakes up inside the washer. We disassembled and cleaned a bunch of crud, you wouldn't believe how much was inside.
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It has the consistency of greasy sand as described above.

I will pull the agitator and see what we find
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im still scratching my head at the "we wash the tub after every use" I thought I was OCD
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Super load, hot water, extra rinse option. Huge squirt of dawn, and 2 scoops of oxyclean. Let the agitate cycle run for about 1/3 of the time, then open the lid and let it soak a few hours. Close the lid and let it finish the cycle and double rinse.

guessing it’s scum buildup from fabric softener. That stuff is garbage and should be banned from the face of the earth. Especially if you like performance wicking fabrics.
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Well pulled the agitator and found it.....

the metal is galvanized or something so it wasn’t as bad as the picture looks....but it was still pretty knarly




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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Super load, hot water, extra rinse option. Huge squirt of dawn, and 2 scoops of oxyclean. Let the agitate cycle run for about 1/3 of the time, then open the lid and let it soak a few hours. Close the lid and let it finish the cycle and double rinse.

guessing it’s scum buildup from fabric softener. That stuff is garbage and should be banned from the face of the earth. Especially if you like performance wicking fabrics.
i had done this exact process earlier today and still had a residue. Pulled agitator scrubbed everything and now I’m running it again with enough bleach to shock a pool
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Use powder every few loads. Liquid doesn’t have anti mold additive and stuff grows in wet environments. Powder has whatever kills the growth inside washers.
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Originally Posted by bluffman2 View Post
im still scratching my head at the "we wash the tub after every use" I thought I was OCD
we have been wiping out the scum since we noticed it after every wash

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