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What causes brown stains from the washing machine?

I have well water and the filter in the filter/water softener system was not changed for approximately 9 months. The water throughout the house was running clear however. I noticed that the washing machine is leaving brown marks on my light clothes and towels. The water filling the machine is running clear (even before changing the filter, the water was running clear). However once the machine is full, the water has a brownish tint to it.

I have run several empty loads through the machine to flush the lines and the machine but am still experiencing the same problem. I would like to know what is causing this brownish tint, and resulting brown streaks on the clothes. Could this be rust in the machine? Could this be sediment that came from the well? What are my options for clearing this; can this be resolved by running CLR through the machine?

Kenmore 80 Series, Super Capacity Plus

Approximately 8 years old.

Thank you

Kenmore , Washers
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Joseph Perez
Managemylife.com is a great place to find the answers to just about anything, especially on a washer, especially if it is not cleaning the clothes properly. I would suggest that you provide a little more information such as the make and complete model number of your product, so your expert will be able to provide you with the best possible answer. Just click on reply down below, where you can provide the additional information.
by Joseph Perez Earned 1,551 community points in Kenmore
November 28th, 2011
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