LG Washing Machine Smells [How To Fix]

If your LG washing machine smells, you’ve come to the right place. In this detailed guide, we’ll be giving you easy-to-follow steps on how to fix this issue.

So, without wasting any more time, let’s begin

LG WM3998HBA 4.5 cu.ft. Front Load Washer & Dryer Combo

LG Washing Machine Smells Bad — Quick Fix

If your LG washing machine smells bad it’s most likely a result of not airing the machine out enough. However, you can get rid of this smell easily. Do the following if your LG washing machine smells…

Step 1. Turn off your washing machine’s water and power supply to avoid water leakage or electrocution.

Step 2. Open the door of your washing machine.

Step 3. Dip an old rag in some chlorine bleach.

Step 4. Push the rag into the groove of the door seal and work your way around (the bleach will help kill any mold that may be there).

Step 5. Put some Affresh tablets (or any other similar cleaner) into your washer’s drum. Ensure that all clothes are removed from the washer.

Step 6. Set a normal wash cycle (no need to put any detergent). Also set the water temperature to the highest.

Step 7. Once the cycle is completed, run a spin cycle to dry the washer’s drum. Also use a clean cloth to clean the drum thoroughly.

Step 8. Leave the door of your washing machine open for a few hours. This will help the machine air out.

LG Washing Machine Makes My Clothes Smell Bad — How To Fix

If your LG washing machine makes your clothes smell bad, it is a result of mold and other things accumulating in the door gasket. Here’s what to do to fix this issue…

Step 1. Turn off your washing machine.

Step 2. Remove all clothes from your washing machine.

Step 3. Dip one end of a towel in some chlorine bleach.

Step 4. Work the towel into the groove of the door gasket and work your way around. The bleach on the cloth will help kill any mold that may have accumulated in the door seal.

Step 5. Pour about four cups of white vinegar into the washer’s drum.

Step 6. Select the highest water temperature and run a normal wash cycle. Run a Tub Clean cycle if your washer has this feature.

Step 7. Once the cycle is completed, run a spin cycle to get rid of any water that may still be in the drum.

Step 8. Use a clean cloth to wipe the interior of the washing machine.

Step 9. Leave the door of your washing machine open for a few hours. This will help the washer air out, preventing mold buildup.

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LG Washing Machine Smells Like Burning Rubber — How To Fix

If your LG washing machine smells like burnt rubber, it indicates that there is an issue with your machine’s drive motor. To fix this issue, you’ll need to replace the washer’s drive motor. Here’s how to do this…

How To Replace LG Washing Machine Drive Motor — Front Loaders

Do the following to replace the drive motor on your LG front loader washing machine…

Step 1. Turn off your washing machine’s water and power supply to avoid electrocution or water leakage.

Step 2. Using a Philips screwdriver, take out the screws holding the rear panel of your washing machine.

Step 3. Push the panel up and lift it out of the washing machine.

Step 4. The drive motor will be mounted directly at the back of the washer’s tub. You’ll need to get a socket wrench with a 17mm cap.

Step 5. Using the socket wrench, take out the bolt holding the rotor assembly to the washer’s tub.

Step 6. Pull the rotor assembly off the washer’s tub.

Step 7. Take out the screws holding the drive motor wire retainer and bracket.

Step 8. Also take out the grounding screw.

Step 9. Switch the cap on your socket wrench to a 10mm cap and take out the six bolts holding the drive motor stator to the washer’s tub.

Step 10. Pull the drive motor stator off the washing machine’s tub.

Step 11. Detach the motor sensor wire harness and the stator wire harness.

Step 12. Take your new drive motor out of its pack.

Step 13. Connect the stator wire harness and the motor sensor wire harness to the new drive motor stator.

Step 14. Mount the new drive motor stator on the washer’s tub.

Step 15. Secure the motor stator to the tub by applying the six 10mm bolts.

Step 16. Secure the wire retainers, bracket, and grounding wire by applying the appropriate screws.

Step 17. Put the rotor assembly in place on the drive motor stator.

Step 18. Switch the cap on your socket wrench to the 17mm cap.

Step 19. Secure the rotor assembly by applying the 17mm bolt (turn the wrench clockwise to secure).

Step 20. Put the washing machine’s rear panel back in place and secure it by applying the screws.

Step 21. Turn on your washing machine’s water and power supply.

Step 22. Run a wash cycle to see if the issue has been resolved.

How To Replace LG Washing Machine Drive Motor — Top Loaders

Do the following to replace the drive motor on your LG top loader washing machine…

Step 1. Turn off your washing machine’s water and power supply to avoid electrocution and water leakage.

Step 2. Detach the water inlet hose/hoses from the back of your washing machine (some water may spill out).

Step 3. Carefully tilt the washer backwards and lay it on the floor.

Step 4. The drive motor will be mounted at the base of the washer’s tub under the washer. Take out the bolt in the middle of the rotor assembly with an adjustable wrench.

Step 5. Carefully pull the rotor assembly off the washing machine.

Step 6. Using a 10mm socket wrench, take out the six bolts holding the drive motor stator to the washing machine’s tub.

Step 7. Pull the drive motor stator off the washing machine’s tub.

Step 8. Using a flat-blade screwdriver, detach the electrical connectors connected to the drive motor stator.

Step 9. Set the motor stator aside.

Step 10. Get your new drive motor stator out of its pack.

Step 11. Mount the new motor stator on the washing machine’s tub and secure it by applying the six 10mm bolts (turn clockwise with wrench to secure).

Step 12. Once all the bolts are secured, connect the electrical connectors to the new drive motor stator.

Step 13. Put the rotor assembly back in place over the new drive motor stator.

Step 14. Secure the rotor assembly by reapplying the bolt at the center.

Step 15. Lift the washing machine upright.

Step 16. Connect the water inlet hose/hoses to the back of the washing machine.

Step 17. Turn on your washing machine’s water and power supply.

Step 18. Run a wash cycle to see if the issue has been resolved.

LG Washing Machine Smells Moldy — Solved

Do the following if your LG washing machine smells moldy.

Step 1. Turn off your washing machine’s water and power supply to avoid electrocution and water leakage.

Step 2. Open the door of your washing machine.

Step 3. Dip an old towel in some hot, soapy water.

Step 4. Using the towel, wipe the gray door seal (pay special attention to the grooves of the door seal).

Step 5. If you still notice mold, get a soft toothbrush and dip it in some bleach (please avoid using full strength bleach).

Step 6. Use the toothbrush to scrub out any mold buildup you notice.

Step 7. Clean the door seal with a dry rag.

Step 8. Open the dispenser drawer and pour in about two cups of white vinegar.

Step 9. Run a normal wash cycle (set the water temperature to the highest).

Step 10. Once the wash cycle is completed, run a spin cycle to dry the tub.

Step 11. Once the spin cycle is completed, turn your washer’s power supply off and leave the machine’s door open. This will let the washing machine air out.

Step 12. Close the washing machine’s door after a few hours.