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Water leaking out the detergent dispenser

Everything seems to be open. I found no cloggs.

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  • Anonymous Jan 10, 2009

    water leaking out of the dispensor also!!!

  • dlypooh Jan 11, 2009

    I have the same problem, and it looks like there is a slow drain leading into the washer from the dispenser. HELP!

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I actually solved this problem. The water wasn't flowing into the machine, so there was a back up. We removed the rubber gasket around the washer door, and looked inside, and lo and behold, there was a sock jamming the water flow from the soap dispenser!

Now, it's working like a charm!! good luck to everyone else, and thanks for the advice!

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Remove the dispenser, pour water into the opening and make sure water can get into the machine freely. Inspect the opening for soap build up.
If water goes down slowly (re: dlypooh), open the washer door and feel around the bellow for anything blocking the water inlet port into the washer (socks can sometimes get wedged up there and cause a blockage).
If it all checks out ok, make sure the machine is properly leveled and not leaning forward.
Hope that helps!

Posted on Feb 19, 2009

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So my boyfriend and i took the rubber hose out that was connected to the washer itself and lo and behold, my animal print panty was stuck in it!!! that's some powerful suction...now it works great!!! also didn't need the extended warranty thank goodness!

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