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Fabric softener/bleach dispenser full of water

The fabric softener and bleach dispensers are filling with water and do not clear by the end of the wash cycle. I have a Kenmore 417.42042100. How do I fix this?

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  • SELambirth May 11, 2010

    Have you tried removing the unit and scrubbing it out? Detergent residue can clog the draining.

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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.

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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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