My Whirlpool washing machine (2yrs old) recently started to smell, so I
removed elbow/hose from bottom of drum to pump and discovered a piece of
plastic wedged inside (new shirt collar packaging/stiffener). Inside the
elbow is a rubber cup like piece and a plasic ball. I assume this must be
some sort of non return valve mechanism, but I don't know how it should go
back togeteher, as it fell apart when I removed elbow. It's very simple and
if I could view a drawing, I could easily see how it should go back
together. The Model is Whirlpool AWO/D 4505 and numbers of barcode decal on
back are 85923321500, 340639040299. Can anybody point me in the right
direction to find a drawing?
Not sure about Whirlpool, but I think the plastic ball is to prevent the
wash powder getting into the pump sump as the machine is filling, so the
ball floats to shut the opening to the hose. With this in mind, the ball
should be at the top near the drum, and presumably the cup below, which
might give you a bit of a clue.
Thanks for the info. I've re-assembled as you describe and it seems to work
It still seems to smell though, so I wonder if it's at all possible for
perhaps a sock to have got past the seal and into the cavity around the
drum. In this case, I am unsure of how to gain access to this area, so if
anybody can help. Is it a big job?
Have a look at the folds in the door gasket, this is a common place for
mould to form, or objects to hide. In my experience, mould growth on
door gaskets is usually caused by washing at too cool a temperature, and
once it has established itself, it is more or less impossible to remove,
so an occasional hot wash when washing something like towels can help
prevent this. If an item of clothing gets into the outer drum, it
usually jams the drum, or finds its way into the tank to pump hose,
stopping the machine emptying, but not usually a cause for smells in
itself. Another place to check for mould is under the soap drawer. I
wouldn't recommend trying to get in the drum, they can be hard to reseal
afterwards, and an empty hot wash with washing soda should do the job
just as well.
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