FOX19 - Owners of certain model Whirlpool, Kenmore, and Maytag front-loading washing machines may be eligible for cash benefits under the terms of a class action settlement.
According to the settlement administrator, lawyers have settled several legal claims against the Whirlpool Corporation and Sears, Roebuck & Co. The complaints alleged certain Whirlpool, Kenmore, and Maytag front-loading washing machines manufactured between 2001 and 2010 have failed "...to adequately self-clean themselves of laundry residue, resulting in mold or mildew buildup that can cause bad odors and ruined laundry." (for a list of models, please click here)
Koren Martin of Covington, Tennessee, received a notice in the mail that her Kenmore Elite front-loader is part of the class action. "It was a settlement notice for people who have front-loading washing machines that had a problem with moldy smells or mold build-up in the washing machines," Martin said. "I have never had a problem with any type of mold smell."
Even so, the odor problem in front-loading washing machines, primarily Maytag Neptune models, has been documented since 2008.
Under the terms of the settlement, eligible consumers may choose either a $50 cash payment, a 20 percent or five percent cash rebate on the purchase of a new washing machine/dryer, or up to a $500 reimbursement for repairs or parts replaced due to mold or odor issues.
"Pretty good benefits," Martin reacted. "I guess I'll be checking out the link for making a claim!" You can file a claim here, regardless of whether you received the settlement notice or whether your eligible washing machine is exhibiting mold or odor problems.
HOW TO MANAGE MOLD/ODOR IN FRONT-LOADING WASHING MACHINES
* Scrub the rubber ring just inside the door once a month with a rag and bleach.
* Run a cup of white vinegar through a normal cycle under cold water once a month.
* You can also run a short cycle of bleach only with warm water once a month. Check your machine's owner's manual for the acceptable amount of bleach.
* Leave the door open after each wash. Consider keeping the detergent dispenser open, too.
* Use a towel to dry off any condensation on the inside of the washer's window.