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Kenmore Elite HE3 Washer fabric dispenser not working

The fabric and bleach dispensers do not work properly, they are always filled with water.

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  • bminnow24 Jan 04, 2009

    What is the syphone cap?

  • bctm93 Nov 23, 2009

    what does it mean when my washer says F73? I have a Kenmore Elite H3 front loader

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This is usually just as simple as adjusting the syphone up and down. releveling your machine or cleaning the dispenser itself. when the water enters the dispenser gravity syphones the water out . nothing really machanical about it. unless the water is not filling up the cup enough to go above the max line. you can test it by putting water in the dispenser above the max line and adjusting the syphone cap up and down.this should grab a suction.

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  • erica graber Jan 05, 2009

    Inside the dispenser on the right side you have a place for your bleach and for your fabric softner. Do you see where it says max fill? That cap that says max line is your syphone. one for each side bleach and fabric.

  • cncolorado Oct 17, 2010

    I have tested the syphon and it works fine. I believe the problem is the jets where the water comes from might be clogged. How do I clean them. I have tried a toothbrush and small hard bristle brush. I see no way to remove the outer cover without removing the whole front panel. Any help would be great. Thanks.

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