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My 4 year old LG washer started to rust around the bleach dispenser less than 2 years after buying this machine. The rusting has continued and now a larger area around the dispense is involved.

As the base metal has rusted under the porcelain finish it began to flake off. Today I scraped backed the damaged area, cleaned the heavy rust off the area with a Drummel tool, and primed the area with Rustoleum Rust Reformer. Tomorrow I will prime with a metal primer and follow with an epoxy finish coat. I believe a manufacturing error was made where in the edge of the bleach dispenser sheet metal cut out was not coated at the factory.

This left a raw metal edge where the rusting began and it continued up under the porcelain finish. This is the same process that happens to a car's sheet metal panels. While the repaired area will never match the existing factory finish I believe my rust problem has been solved. That being said, LG design, manufacturing, quality control, and response to customer complaints needs vast improvement.

This is a problem they know about but even after thousands of customer complaints they refuse to admit their culpability and stand behind their product. At the very least they should offer a repair kit for free or for a nominal cost so their customers can do the repair themselves.

Because of their poor customer service as it relates to this specific problem, it is doubtful that many former customers will ever buy another LG product. I count myself amoung those customers.

Product or Service Mentioned: Lg Electronics Washing Machine.

Reason of review: Damaged or defective.

Monetary Loss: $300.

Preferred solution: Let the company propose a solution.

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Anonymous
#1669400

Exact same problem with ours.

Anonymous
#1626102

I have the same problem bought top-of-the-line washer and dryer in 2014 and the rust started around the bleach dispenser last year! There is no reason this should happen within four years of manufacturer. Will not buy an LG product again!

Anonymous
#1608730

Rust and exposed metal all the way around the top of my top-loading LG Washer. The machine is 3 years old!

Ruining our laundry. Called, sent pics, emailed — LG said sorry can’t help. They said you need to wipe the machine down after each load. Worst company and customer service ever!!!!!!!!

They do not care — it’s clearly a manufactures defect. The paint chipped away.

Anonymous
#1606080

Thank you for your repair tips! Same thing happened to mine :(

Anonymous
#1599333

Same problem, rust around dispenser, hinges. Contacted LG customer service and they offered to sensed a service person to replace the top at my expense.

Yes to well me we were not getting bleach in correctly! Do a Google search, a law firm is trying to form up CA Suit against LG for this.

Anonymous
#1546814

Same problem. The lid hinge rusted out and the top crashed down, dislocating my right thumb.

So add injury to inconvenience now. Do right by your customers, LG!!!

Anonymous
#1542395

Same problem. It’s so bad the water leaks out on the floor

Anonymous
#1488749

Same problem. :-(

Anonymous
#1487747

Same problem. I was told this was cosmetic and therefore not covered under my extended warranty. Offered no assistance but blamed me for not running the clean cycle enough on the machine.Never buying LG again.

Anonymous
#1466150

Same issue here. Rusting around bleach dispenser getting worse by the day and now up by the detergent cup is also rusting badly!!!

Something needs to be done about this for sure!! Washer is only 3 years old!!!

Anonymous
to Susie #1510084

We should start a petition and class action suit. We need 1000 signatures.

Anonymous
to Reece #1512144

Instead of saying "We should...." you must just start the petition and then you will find out if 1,000 people or more will join you. I know I will.

Anonymous
to labans #1548036

I will join.

Anonymous
to Reece #1523335

I will sign.kabarker@optonline.net

Anonymous
to Reece #1527025

Count me in rust is getting worse

Anonymous
to Reece #1553186

U got my signature

Anonymous
to Reece #1563762

I agree! Same problem.

Wish i knew how to post pictures.

If you decide to go forward with this, please contact me at joe. rolewicz@yahoo.com

labans
#1448073

After reading the angry comments and remarks on repairs I set about to repair my washer, a 5 cu ft toploader that is 4 years old. You can read below my failure with LG to get help.

They are the worst company and I will never buy an LG again and probably will not buy another appliance from Lowes either after I advise them.For my repair I could not see doing the work the way the other folks have suggested, which is to use a dremel or other tool to rip off the rust, then treat the metal and hope for the best.Instead I opted to replace the top cover. I found the part number and then called to buy it; the price was $89.00 and with shipping the bill came to $107.00. Meanwhile I began disassembly. This job is not difficult but does require a bit of time and one has to be very careful when taking components apart including taking the top cover off which in my case had a rusted clip and did not want to separate from the machine.

Once I disassembled everything I found a number of other rusted parts and a worn out rubber feed hose. The actual bleach dispenser had welded itself permanently to the top cover and would not come off. But it was also severely damaged by the rust even though it is plastic. Back to the phone where I order a complete new bleach dispenser along with a new feed hose and 8 clamps.

Next day the top cover arrives. However, it is the wrong one. Back to the phone where we spend 30 minutes trying to figure it out and they send a 2nd one out, this time overnight for free. It arrives and is still not the correct one.

Back on the phone and we do the same thing again with free overnight and the next one is wrong. Finally they send me a 4th top cover that still does not fit, but after careful measurements I realize that I can modify it to fit, although it will not be a perfect fit. Back to the phone where I share my frustration and the person I am talking with this time seems to be a seasoned, mature very intelligent parts person who spend a bunch of time with me cross referencing all the part numbers and then she call LG directly. After a rude conversation with her they tell her that the part has been discontinued and that she should just give up.

Yes, LG really was that rude to this wonderful parts person. Now that I knew the part was no longer available I went to work to fix the problem top cover. Meanwhile the other parts had arrived so I just reassembled as quickly as I could. When it came time to install the new bleach dispenser I coated the inside seam where the plastic meets the metal, with 100% Silicone and then once installed I did the same on the outside seam thereby ensuring that NO bleach could ever get down inside anywhere.

Completely sealed.This little saga took 10 days with all the shipping and parts; I could have done the whole thing in 1 day had I known which parts to pre-order. But it is finished now and I can splash bleach all over the top without worrying.And at the end of the day, my machine does not look like a junkyard repaired car done by a do-it-yourself mechanic.Just my two cents on how to correctly fix the rust problem---and it cost less than the other repairs noted and looks like new machine on top.

user89614310
#1447482

I have the same issue. The rust is getting really bad around the bleach dispenser on my Wave Force True Balance topload washing machine.

I called LG and they gave me a run around numerous times and told me it wasn’t covered under warranty. Horrible customer service, horrible company and horrible appliance for the money. I purchased mine from Sears and will never buy LG or buy an appliance again from Sears. This should have been recalled and replaced for no charge by LG.

I even asked them to just ship me the part and I’ll repair it myself.

They refused and said it’s not their problem. Seriously a defect that should be replaced at no charge.

Anonymous
to user89614310 #1526788

I have the same issue. I’m also having an issue with black mold in the machine and it smells like rotten eggs!

I clean the tub every several weeks and it does help! Anyone else having this problem??

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