Unusual odors caused by mold and mildew, leaking gaskets, and improper filling or draining are some of the most common problems with GE front-loading washers. Some issues can be remedied at home, while others may require additional parts for repair.
A front-loading washing machine has an airtight seal when the door is closed, which can result in mold and mildew inside the machine. Mold and mildew, and the resulting odor, can be eliminated by allowing the door to remain open when the washer is not in use and cleaning the washing machine regularly.
Window gaskets on some GE front-loading washers are sometimes prone to leaking. In such cases, the gasket can be removed and replaced as needed. Leaks may also occur if the drain pipe to the machine is blocked.
Improper filling and draining can be due to a number of factors and may require replacement of some parts on the washing machine, such as the drain pump or the intake valve. A clogged drain pump, for example, can prevent proper drainage, while low water pressure may cause the washer to fill too slowly or overfill. A broken door sensor also prevents water from flowing in. Some washing machines provide an error code when they malfunction, which can be used to identify the specific problem.