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Refunds, rebates available after Whirlpool settles lawsuit over mold in washers

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Laundry is already considered a chore, so the last thing you want is for it to be a moldy chore, right?

Particularly when that mold isn t a result of your procrastination, but rather the fault of front-loading washing machines that allowed bacteria and mold to grow, practically defeating the purpose of doing laundry at all.

For nearly a decade, consumers have been complaining about the problems that plagued a number of Whirlpool, Maytag, and Kenmore front-loading machines, and earlier this year, a class-action lawsuit was finally settled.

Nearly 5.5 million people received notices that they might be eligible for either a refund or rebate as a result.

According to the lawsuit, certain front-loading washing machines manufactured between 2001 and 2010 fail to adequately self-clean themselves of laundry residue, resulting in mold or mildew buildup that can cause bad odors and ruined laundry.

If you own or owned one of these machines, the settlement dictates, you may qualify for a variety of benefits including a cash payment, a rebate on the purchase of a new washing machine or dryer, or reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses incurred due to past mold or odor problems in your washing machine.

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