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Detergent holder door problem

This may be a duplicate post...anyway...often when I have run the unit, I find the round detergent door has opened, but about half the soap is still in there and hardened. Does this indicate a leak that allows water into the container prematurely ?

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  • batplus4 Aug 26, 2008

    Sounds like the same problem I am having. I can hear the detergent door opening but the detergent is hardened in the cup when the cycle is over.



    How do I remove the arms to clean them. Also where are the filters that need to be cleaned?



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No this means that your bottom arm of the machine is not working correctly and the water pressure therefor is to low to get the soap out.
Clean lower arm (spinner) and all filters. You will see that will help the problem

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