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Automatic fabric softener dispensor not emptying

Everything else on my washer works perfectly except the fabric softener is not being dispensed into the machine at all since about one week ago. The detergent and bleach dispense fine, it is just the fabric softener. As I said earlier, everything else works fine with the machine. Please help! Thank you

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Re: automatic fabric softener dispensor not emptying

I had the same problem...the issue was that mold had filled up the holes where water flowed into the fabric softener dispenser. The holes located just above the fabric dispenser cup. You have to remove the dispenser to see the water intake holes. After I cleaned the mold out, the fabric dispenser worked correctly. Gross I know.

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Re: automatic fabric softener dispensor not emptying

The detergent dispenser is located above the detergent drawer. A water pipe is connected to it and water entrance and distributed to drawer's cells (following the programmed cycle)by a lever's movement (part of the dispenser). The lever movement is controlled by two solenoids that received their power from the timer. By opening upper machine's cover you will have an access to the dispenser. Disconnect the power cable from the machine before moving to next test !!!! Look first that they are not any disconnected wires. Move manually dispenser's lever and see if water running to all cells (depend on your movement). In case it doesn't work properly remove the unit from the machine and try to clean it (I hope it will help, otherwise you should replace the unit). In case it works properly (manually) - you should test by a multi-tester solenoid's resistance. the one that doesn't have a resistance measurement should be replaced. Good luck !!

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This is a result of the siphoning action and is part of the normal operation of the washer. Water
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faucets off to prevent pressure build-up in the hoses.
• As needed, clean the cabinet with mild soap and water. Never use harsh, gritty or
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• Before moving the washer, place a strip of cardboard or thin fiberboard under the front
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• Remove the drawer by pulling the drawer out until it stops. (Figure 1)
• Reach back into the left rear corner of the drawer cavity and press down firmly on the lock
tab (left rear portion of the drawer). Pull out the drawer. (Figure 2)
• Remove the insert from the bleach and fabric softener compartments. (Figure 3)
• Rinse the drawer and inserts with hot tap water to remove traces of accumulated powders
and liquids. Large amounts of fabric softener residue may indicate improper dilution or
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• To clean the drawer opening, use a small brush to clean the recess. Remove all residue
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• Replace the insert pressing the "X" to lock it in place. Return the dispenser drawer.
• Remove items from the washer as soon as the cycle ends. Excess wrinkling, color transfer,
and odors may develop in items left in the washer.
• Before cleaning the washer interior, unplug the electrical power cord to avoid electrical
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• Dry around the washer door opening, flexible gasket, and door glass. These areas should
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For the FAV6800A or FAV9800A:

If you have no water flow to the Softener dispenser or Bleach dispenser see if you can turn the dispenser valves on Service Mode and verify water flow to the reservoirs.
Enter Service Mode (page 14 of the Service manual) by Pressing Enviro Plus and Spin Only keys (simultaneously) for three seconds or until the console beeps.

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Here is the Service Manual for reference. Sears Parts Direct for reference.

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You can remove the Fabric Softner to clean see page 33 of the Service Manual…Rich

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