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Water doesn't empty out of the softener compartment.

I have a kenmore elite front loader washing machine, why does the water stay in the compartment where i put the softener in.

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If it is only a small amount of water, IT IS normal. I would leave it in there if you run the washer everyday. I was told to always add water to the softner to help aid in buildup in the machine.

Posted on Jun 23, 2009

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Clean the syphone cap it is more than likly clogged with softner. some water being left in there is normal though.

Posted on Jun 02, 2009

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