Mold in your washing machine? You could qualify for settlement

(CONSUMER REPORTS) Several class action lawsuits against washing machine manufacturers have reached preliminary settlements.

Front-loading washers, which often perform better, are gentler on clothes and more energy-efficient than top-loaders, are creating mold and odor.

Dan DiClerico with Consumer Reports said the topic of moldy machines first surfaced on online forums.

“The issue started out as mostly online chatter about moldy odors but it turned into multiple class-action law suits involving more than 6 million front-loading washing machines,” he said.

If you previously or currently own a LG washing machine sold between 2002 and 2006 with mold issues, you may qualify for the $35 settlement or a $105 rebate on a new LG washer through one lawsuit.

A second lawsuit involved Whirlpool, Maytag and Kenmore machines made by Whirlpool between 2001 and 2010. If you own one of those front-loaders you may qualify for a fifty-dollar settlement or twenty percent off the purchase of a new washer or dryer.

To prevent mold or mildew in your washing machine:

  • Wipe down the glass and door gasket daily.
  • Between washes leave the door open slightly.
  • Remove detergent buildup from the dispenser.
  • Sanitize the machine by adding a cup of chlorine bleach and running a hot-water wash without laundry.

You can find out whether a washing machine you own or previously owned is affected by these preliminary settlements and whether you are entitled to a reimbursement at the following websites:

For LG washers visit

For owners of Kenmore, Maytag and Whirlpool front-loaders you could also be reimbursed for up to 500 dollars in expenses you incurred. You can find that information plus all of the settlement details at:

Reporter:Lindsey Sablan