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Softener not draining

My front loader is all of the sudden not draining the softener during the cycle. i've taken the tray out cleaned it numerous times, evan ran a cycle w/ just belach in all the compartments. nothing will work. how do i fix this?

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  • tesoud Nov 25, 2008

    The softener dispenser is not draining.  If it is a problem with cold water not running through, what is the fix for that?

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Could be no cold water is coming into conditioner compartment, or you still have a blockage in dispenser. Remove the dispenser and fill the conditioner compartment with water. hold it level and the water should syphon out.
If it does not then it is blocked somewhere

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