For years, I’ve followed the trials and tribulations of the front loading washing machine issues surrounding mold and mildew. Why? Because the GE front loading washer that we have has been plagued with these issues since we bought it in 2007.
At the time, I thought it was great. The community where we moved had some of the highest water rates in the area, so it was a HUGE win to save money on the water bill with the new type of machine that used significantly less water.
The honeymoon quickly wore off.
When we first got our machine, we did what any sensible person would do and closed the door when it wasn’t in use. Sound, reasonable, right? Well, we quickly found out that was a bad idea when the rubber gasket around the door started getting covered in mildew.
So, we started keeping the door open. Unfortunately, the damage had already been done and that gasket continued to get mildew and such on it until around 2011 when it finally started to fall apart and we had it replaced.
The second gasket lasted about three years before it finally started breaking down as well. Through keeping the door open, we didn’t get the buildup of bunk, but having a door open all the time is not exactly the look of a nice clean laundry room.
The newest gasket we have has developed a small leak. Just a little puddle to clean up off the floor that I’m sure will
likely grow. But, for now it’s ‘manageable’. Or is it? I mean, here we are looking at something that most reasonable people would probably not put up with, but these hunks of junks have lowered the bar so much, that wiping up a puddle is considered acceptable. Unreal.
The Soap Drawer
The latest is that the drawer that you pull out to fill up the soap, bleach, and fabric softener now gets mildew all over it. For quite a while, leaving the drawer pulled out slightly would keep things OK here, but now, not so much. Now, we actually go through the trouble of taking the drawer completely out most nights when we’re done with wash. Even with this, mildew still develops and I have to clean not only the drawer, but the surrounding plastic on the inside of the machine, about every 2-3 months.
Scary Part About Our GE Front Loading Washer
You want to know the real scary part of all this? It’s not that we have to keep the door open and pull out the drawer and scrub the entire thing every three months. You’d think that’s bad enough, but the real scary part is that we’re only keeping the areas clean that we have access to. I’m not stupid enough to believe for a second that the inside of this machine isn’t caked with mildew in places that we can’t get to.
And it’s a wonder that I have skin eczema.
Insult To Injury
On top of everything, GE won’t step up to fix the issue. Amazingly, a couple of companies were sued and settled lawsuits. Maytag and Whirlpool were the ones that come to mind.
GE not only refused to acknowledge any problem. Plus, they actually managed to convince someone that there were not widespread problems with their machines. There’s simply no way that can be true. You can’t tell me that our machine is just an outlier. That’s bologna.
So, I’m hard pressed to think that I’ll ever buy a GE appliance again. They built a crappy product, they refused to stand behind it (I did contact them), they somehow managed to skirt blame. They are very low on my list. At some point this pile of junk will either stop working or I’ll decide I’ve had enough with the mildew. Then, we’ll end up getting something else. When that happens, I can tell you what brand of washer we WON’T be bringing into the house.
Readers, have any of you participated in the front loading washing machine lawsuit? Have you had any experience, good, bad or otherwise, with these types of machines?