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Kenmore washer he3 front load

My he3 kenmore washer will not release the bleach from the dispenser?

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  • Anonymous Nov 25, 2008

    I have the same problem. The powdered soap never even gets very wet. Pouring water into the soap dispenser is the only way we can get soap into the wash tub.



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If your unit has never been serviced - there should still be an original service manual enclosed in plastic taped to the inside of the shell.
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