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Fabric softener will not dispense

My washer is about 5 years old...about 1 year ago the softener would dispense only partially, but fairly consistently. I have been diligent about cleaning the dispensers, but now the softener will not dispense at all, just collects more water after each wash. One of the reasons that I wanted this washer is for the fabric softener dispenser, otherwise I could live without it...I'm ready to call for repair but thought I'd try here first...any tips on what I can try before calling service? Thanks...

Fabric softener in front load Frigidaire Gallery model FWT449GFS1 does not dispense. Occasionally it will dispense either completely or partially. Does not respond to cleaning parts as recommended. It is very annoying.

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  • dyorkey Jun 01, 2008

    Having sale problem, does not dispense at all. Any ideas how to fix?

  • roosterlady Jul 12, 2008

    I have the same problem - I am dilligent about keeping the dispenser clean.

    If anyone has a solution, please let me know.

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My wife reported the same problem and I took the top off the washer (2 screws at rear of washer and top slides forward) . Under the top on the left front side behind is the dispenser. On the top is a click adjuster similar to a clock hand pointer and in the center is a tick mark and off to the left side is (-) marks for reduced dispensing and to the right (+) marks for increasing dispensing. I moved the pointer all the way to the plus side and after a few loads the dispenser works fine. I assume over time the different fluids (fabric softener, detergent, etc) tend to gum up the valve mechanism. If this doesn't work I would try pouring some very hot water in it to try and loosen things up. After you try all the free thing, I guess the last option is a new dispenser.

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