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.
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