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Does my Kenmore Elite HE4t front load washing machine have a filter and how do I get rid the mildew smell?

Model 110.4508

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I understand your concern toward wanting to make sure your Washer is maintained so that you can keep clean clothes in your home. I have taken the time to research on the Manage My Life website and have found found some information that you may find useful. While you are waiting for an expert to reply I have attached a few links below. Hope the information provided is found useful.
by Manage My Life
February 7th, 2011
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Korinna Sierra
I have provided you with the instructions for accessing the drain filter on the washer. Please make sure to unplug the washer. Once the access panel is removed, place a few old towels down to catch the water that will come out. Then slowly loosen the filter cap. As soon as the water is drained, you can remove the cap and filter to clean out the debris. After you have cleaned the filter, reinstall it into the pump and test the operation.

I also provided you with some steps on cleaning the washer. Please be sure to read these instructions completely before beginning the cleaning process.

Please be sure to read these instructions completely before beginning the cleaning process.

Open the washer door and remove any clothing or items from the washer.

Inspect the grey colored seal between the door opening and the basket for stained areas. Be sure to pull back the seal to be able to see all areas of the seal.

If stained areas are found, wipe down these areas of the seal using the following procedure:

Mix a dilute solution of liquid chlorine bleach (3/4 cup bleach in one gallon of warm tap water).

Wipe the seal area with the dilute solution.

Let stand 5 minutes.

Wipe down area thoroughly with water only and let air dry. Please


: Do not use bleach at full strength for cleaning surfaces. The use of rubber gloves is recommended when cleaning for prolonged periods.

To begin the cleaning cycle, do the following:

Open the washer door and remove any clothing or items from the washer.

Be sure door is closed fully and do not add clothes to this cycle.

Open the dispenser drawer, if the detergent divider is in the liquid detergent position, remove the detergent divider, see your use and care guide for instruction on how to determine which position the divider is in. No additives will be added at this time, you will be required to add them at a later step.

Select the “Normal” wash cycle.

Select the hottest wash water temperature available. (


: Not all temperatures will be available)

Select the highest spin speed available.

Select the additional/2nd rinse option (if available).

Start the cleaning cycle by pressing and holding the “Start” key. The door will lock and filling will begin.


: The water will dispense for a moment, then the door will unlock and relock and the cycle will continue.

Once the filling has begun again, Open the dispenser drawer and immediately add 1 (one) Cup liquid chlorine bleach to the mainwash detergent compartment. The liquid chlorine bleach should immediately flow out of the dispenser.


: Do not add any detergent to this cleaning cycle. Use of more than 1 Cup of bleach will cause product damage over time. Addition of bleach without immediately starting the cycle will cause product damage over time.

Once the cleaning cycle has begun, allow the cycle to completely run.

If you removed the detergent compartment divider, be sure to replace the divider to the correct position.

After the cleaning cycle is complete, leave the door slightly open/cracked to allow for better ventilation and prevention of future odor issues.


: If necessary, the cleaning cycle may be interrupted by pressing the “Pause/Cancel” button, this will stop the cycle. A “Rinse and Spin” cycle must then be run to thoroughly rinse the remaining bleach from the unit. Failure to do so will cause damage to the unit and clothing added to the next cycle.

In addition to the procedure above, follow the instructions below to prevent future odor issues.

Use only High Efficiency (HE) detergent.

Leave the door slightly open after each cycle (when not in use).

Repeat the cleaning procedure on a monthly basis, if necessary. If the procedure does not sufficiently improve the machine odor.
by Korinna Sierra Earned 16,292 community points in Kenmore
February 8th, 2011
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Manage My Life
The smell in our washer had been tainting our towels and clothes for months. When putting in new tile in our washroom, we had our washer out. We noticed the water from the drain hose in the back was kind of dirty. After looking inside of the hose, we saw the problem. We had a ton of grimy goop almost clogging the hose. We pulled it off and saw that the goop was all the way through into the washer. And, it smelt exactly like the stink that was on our towels. I am in the process of buying a whole new hose and trying to get to the inside of the washer to clean the drain port. You may want to do the same.
by Manage My Life
September 18th, 2012
Christopher Koch
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