Originally Posted by cute fuzzy bunny
Some machines also have a "permanent lint filter" which collected lint and ground it up until the results would pass through a screen. Basically to prevent clogging up the drain.
Might be that you have one of these and the thing that grinds up the lint isnt doing its job anymore.
"Dead animal" smell sounds like wet rotting lint or an old sock or something caught in there. Have you pulled the agitator to see if theres anything under it?
Actually, I discovered the lint filter on my Maytag, and it lifts out of
the top of the agitator (in the center of the tub). It was kinda nasty,
but not responsible for the main problem.
Re-verified that it's from the COLD water inlet only, i.e: I start filling the
tub with water-temp set to "HOT" with my nose down in the tub, and
no odor, switch the water-temp to "COLD" and yikes !! Maybe a little
sulfur mixed in with that dead animal. But my other cold-water
faucets do not stink. Time to escalate my investigation to the
intake hoses and faucets, I reckon.