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I am so disgusted with my fisher and paykel washer!! It has ruined many of my clothing items due to fabric softener...what is the deal with this washing machine? I have had Fisher and Paykel washer and dryer since last April and I have had 4 loads of laundry ruined b/c of this issue. Do you know what causes this? I am ready to get a full refund on these components. In 30 years I have never had this happen and I am sick to my stomach over this. We paid a lot of money for this set and I am ready to get rid of it!! cindy

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Are you using the fabric softener setting when using fabric softener? If not the washer is not using enough water to dialute and disperse the liquid fabric softener. a traditional machine uses about 45 gallons of water fisher&paykel uses 20 gallons. If you use liquid softener you have to use fabric softener setting and negate the water efficiency of the machine. I had F&P for a few years till I moved and there are tips but I really liked mine. Hope that helps.

Posted on Jan 11, 2009

  • diane trott Jan 11, 2009

    Please let me know because if there is a more serious issue I'd be happy to dig deeper to resolve the issue. I would say that no matter what machine you have limited to no use of liquid fabric softener is best for the machine. I work in the appliance world and I still use it on blankets and sheets but that is about all. I use dryer sheets.

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