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Washing Machine Smells Like Rotten Eggs?

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Why Does My Washing Machine Smell? 

Solutions When a Washing Machine Smells Like Rotten Eggs

It May Be Time to Replace Your Appliance


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Does your washing machine have a lingering odor? Do you notice a rotten egg smell floating through the air, long after you complete any loads? You are most likely smelling hydrogen sulfide gas, which is commonly found in sewers or areas with mold and mildew.

The good news is that you don’t have to live with this odor. There are several reasons why your washing machine smells like rotten eggs and different fixes for each of these causes. Use this guide to troubleshoot any issues you may have so your washer smells good as new.

Why Does My Washing Machine Smell?

Water is one of the most common causes of odors in washing machines. Dirty water or pools of water that never fully drain can develop unwanted odors that travel through your home. Keep in mind, it’s not the water itself that’s the issue – it’s the mold and mildew that can grow in damp areas.

It is essential to keep mold out of your home. Not only can mold eat away at your walls and floors, but it can also trigger allergy and asthma reactions. Anyone who has breathing issues or sensitivities to particles in the air needs to be on the lookout for mold. The mildew and mold that builds up in your washer can create spores that float through the air – so this isn’t just a laundry issue.

A well-functioning washer will thoroughly drain and remove water in-between cycles. This eliminates any odor. If your washing machine smells, something might be broken.

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Solutions When a Washing Machine Smells Like Rotten Eggs

Whether your front-load or top-load washing machine smells, you need to take steps to address the problem and remove the odor. First, check the seal of your washer. Make sure there isn’t a buildup of dust, hair, or grime in between the seal and your door. This is one of the most common causes of a front-load washer smell. You can clean the seal of your washer with a mixture of water and vinegar, which will remove debris without harming the rubber.

The next issue could be related to your drain or pump. These elements remove water from your appliance. If your washer isn’t draining fully, your clothes might be wetter than expected after the cycle is complete. Non-draining water will also pool or leak out of the appliance, where it grows mold. If you aren’t sure how to inspect your drains by yourself, consider calling an expert repair professional to look at them.

The final issue could be related to your sewer system. If the rotten egg smell is sudden and overpowering, there could be an issue with the sewer line in your area. Check for any sewage backup in your showers, sinks, and toilets.

You don’t have to be an expert repair specialist to find a solution when your washing machine smells like rotten eggs. A local plumber or handyman should get to the root of the issue. 

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It May Be Time to Replace Your Appliance

The average washing machine will last between 10-15 years depending on how it is cared for and how often it is used. If your washing machine is constantly running with heavy towels, dirty sports uniforms, and other miscellaneous clothes, it might be worn out. One problem could lead to another, increasing your repair costs.

If your washing machine is more than a decade old, consider replacing it with a new model once it starts to break. Here are three top options on today’s market which can make your laundry experience more enjoyable.

GE® 4.8 Cu. Ft. White Smart Front Load Washe

GE White Smart Front Load Washer

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GE is the first place to start if you are looking for a new washer. This is a standard-size model that can handle the laundry needs of most families. This GE front load washer, like most front-load washers, uses less water and requires less energy to run. You can even use less detergent with the SmartDispense™ system that adds the right amount based on your load needs.

One key feature that you will love about this model is the UltraFresh Vent System with OdorBlock™ technology. This eliminates excess moisture and prevents the smell of odors – especially mold and mildew. Your clothes will be clean and your laundry room will smell fresh. The industry-leading sanitizing cycle also kills 99% of germs on your clothes.

This is one of the leading washing machines on today’s market. It has thousands of positive customer reviews by happy homeowners. One buyer says, “I absolutely love this washer & matching dryer. Will never own another washer that I have to add detergent to for every load. That feature is awesome.”

LG 4.8 Cu. Ft. White Top Load Washer

LG Graphite Steel Top Load Washer

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Another washer alternative that is similar to the GE model is this LG top load washer. Consider this option if you prefer a top-load washer that has a four-way agitator to break up stains and grime. This is considered a mega-capacity washer which is essential for families. You can save energy by running fewer loads because you fit more into each load. 

LG washing machines are known for their detailed settings which can help you set the perfect load. The TurboWash3D™ option, for example, provides a powerful yet gentle clean in just 37 minutes. If you need a specific sweater or lucky shirt washed ahead of an interview or game, use this option. Whatever cycle you choose, your washer won't disrupt your day. This appliance is just as quiet as it is reliable.

Many of the customer reviews mention the useful features of this unit. One customer says, “I just love how clean our clothes come. I've noticed a big difference then our older washer.”

Speed Queen® TR5 3.2 Cu. Ft. White Top Load Washer

Speed Queen White Top Load Washer

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A third option if your washing machine smells bad and you want to replace it is this model by Speed Queen. Made in the USA, Speed Queen appliances are designed with quality in mind. The company boasts that its appliances are built to endure 25 years of commercial-grade performance in your home. Everything from the metal tub to the knobs on the front is tested for durability and long-term use.

Speed Queen also takes advantage of smart systems to create better experiences for customers. The Perfect Wash™ system automatically fills your washer to the perfect level – never overusing water while also ensuring each item gets perfectly cleaned. The goal of  Speed Queen designers is to push what washers are capable of so they can deliver better results with each new model.   

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How do I get the rotten egg smell out of my washing machine?

If you have repaired your washer but there is still a lingering smell, take steps to clean it. Set your washer to the hottest settings with the largest load capacity. Add one quart of bleach to the load and run the washer without any clothes in it. Then leave your washer open to dry thoroughly.

Why does my washing machine smell like rotten eggs when it runs?

If you have noticed your washing machine smells like rotten eggs when you turn it on, there may be an issue with your water lines or drains. Make sure all water going to your washer is clean and none of the hoses are clogged. Similarly, make sure the water is draining thoroughly and immediately after a load. You want to make sure you are washing your clothes in clean water.

Why Trust East Coast Appliance?

Locally owned and operated since 1988, East Coast Appliance is the largest independent appliance dealer in Virginia. We sell it ALL — from new name-brand appliances to scratch-and-dent appliances to our very own refurbished appliances. Aside from our huge selection of every major brand and everyday low prices, what sets us apart from our competitors is that we service what we sell and that we are locally owned and operated with factory-trained associates. And if you’re a local, great news: East Coast Appliance is committed to providing the absolute lowest prices on the same available brand and model — simply bring in the ad of the local retail competitor while the lower price is in effect and you'll receive your price match.

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There is a reason we are dubbed “The Discount King” — for unbeatable deals, shop washers online at East Coast Appliance. Our friendly associates are always happy to help you identify why your washing machine smells like rotten eggs, whether you call us or use our online chat feature. Better yet, stop by one of our showrooms to see why we are the best appliance store in Virginia. Visit us today!

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