On my Kenmore washer, my bleach dispenser tube is clogged. How do I clean it out? I can feel something down in the tube, either pieces of built up calcium or soap that someone put in the wrong place, or something. The tube is only about 4 or 5 inches long, and about half is full. I can get the tube off the dispenser at the top, but it appears the tube goes into the tub. I'm afraid to pull too hard. How can I clean this out?
If I can't clean it, could I plug up the tube that brings the water to the dispenser to wash down whatever is in the dispenser tray? This is the water that leaks since it can't drain.
Thanks. I actually ended up cutting the tube between the bend and the tub and cleaning out the tube from there. Then I put it back together with a brass connector. The solenoid seems to be working and there is no leaks last night. Today it will get a workout from the wife, so we will see the real test!
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Re: How to unplug dispenser tube
If you cant get something in the tub to clean it out you may want to check into just replacing it. Are you sure there isn't a solenoid attached to allow the bleach to empty in at a certain time of the cycle and if that is bad and not opening up you would have the same condition
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There should be pins located somewhere on the dispenser or a grey thing located inside the dispenser, push it down and that will release the dispenser from the washer. Afterwards you can put in in the dishwasher, this should clean out any clogging residue.
Hi, Remove the dispenser tray and clean the tubes found on the bottom side. Also, clean the corresponding tubes on the tub side. The bleach and softener dispensers work on a syphon principal. As the level is raised by water being added, the solutions reach a point to where they overflow. With the caps and tubes, a syphon is created, and will draw the contents of the cups into the washer until the syphon effect is broken when the water shuts off. Best regards, --W/D--
The bleach dispenser is a syphon system. When you put in the bleach , it fills the reservoir to a point just below the syphon point. Your bleach tray has a tube attached to it, with a loose cap around the tube that causes the bleach to be delivered to the washload when the water is added. Remove the cap over the tube in your bleach tray. You'll also note a similar arrangement for your softener dispenser. Clean both caps and tubes. Make sure that the caps fit properly back down over the tubes. The syphoning effect will work only up to the point that the circuit is broken by air. If your cap sits up too high, the syphon effect is broken early, leaving residue (water) in the dispenser.
Best regards, --W/D--
You could have a clog in the housing underneath the dispenser where the water flows through a hose into the tub. Pull the dispenser drawer completely out. There is a tab that needs to be depressed to release the drawer and remove it. Check the opening at the bottom of the housing just inside the dispenser housing opening to see if a small sock or garment is clogging this opening. Reach down into this opening to see if an item is inside the hose. This is the normal issue that will cause water to leak out of the dispenser housing.
Wash the dispenser drawer thoroughly with warm water. Make sure that you pull off the siphon covers and wash all siphon holes. This process is described in your owner's manual. Replace the dispenser drawer and try the washer again.
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Sounds like there is a clog in the bleach dispenser or it is bad and needs to be replaced. First thing to try is cleaning the washer out. Run about a cup of vinegar in the washer. Pour it into the bleach dispenser and the tub and all the other dispensers too. Run it on hot water on a heavy load. This will clean out all of the hoses and if there are any clogs it will fix them. This can be done every month or so to keep it clean. If this doesn't work however it means that the bleach dispenser is bad. It has a timer set to it to open up when it's time, that wire harness that hooks into it is just causing the problem. Hopefully though all it needs is a good cleaning. Let me know if you have any other questions and let me know if this was helpful. Good luck and have a good rest of the weekend.
We had the same problem. The bleach dispenser tray is located on the drum below the bleach storage pan. The dispenser tray has very small holes that were plugged by rust from the hose clamp that attached the dilution water supply hose to the bleach storage pan. I removed the top of the washing machine to discover the problem, but it may be solved by attaching a flexible tube or small hose to the end of a vacuum cleaner hose and cleaning out the dispenser tray. There is room between the dispenser tray and the storage pan and is located in the front right corner.
I have this same problem today and did not need to take off the top panel or remove the front panel/housing. The bleach and frabric softener dispenser snaps right out and you can check the tubing and clamp from there. You will need to remove the top panel if you need to replace the tubing. In my case, there is a crack in the dispenser itself which has ruined several loads of laundry over the past year...now I realize it wasn't the clamp and hose, but the dispenser itself. Check them all while you are at it.