Re: Fabric softener dispensor does not completely empty
I discovered that the risne cup dispenser holder will pull off letting you clean out the inside. Why they don't show this in the manual is beyond me. And by the way, what came out was gross and obviously you need to clean this frequently.
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I do not know your particular machine but most softener dispensing works in a similar manner.
If you haven't actually removed the whole drawer it is necessary to do so. Some will not come out without releasing some sort of catch. Often this is a lip at the rear middle which requires pressing down as you pull the drawer out. Others have the catch underneath or on the side of the drawer.
Once out remove the cover which is (probably) over the softener bit.There is (probably) a small pipe/tube down which the softener and water should pour. So often this tube is clogged with gunge- a mix of softener and powder. It must be absolutely clear and clean for the mix to escape and empty.
This is well worth checking even if you have washed out the rest of the softener drawer, especially if you have done it 'in'situ'!
Purchase some fabric softener and place it in its normal location at the beginning of the cycle. At the end of the cycle check to see if fabric softener has been dispensed and whether there is water in the cup.
If the fabric softener is gone, but there is water in the fabric softener cup, then your problem may be with the water valve assembly. The water valve assembly (as one complete unit) has a separate solenoid for hot and cold water temperatures, bleach and fabric softener. The fabric softener solenoid on the water valve assembly could be defective (allowing water to fill the fabric softener cup).
Hello. This is a common problem due to the fact that fabric softener collects in the dispenser and gums it up. Begin with an empty washing machine. Add two cups of vinegar to the fabric softener dispenser and then run the machine on the maximum water and hottest water setting. Once the cycle is complete check it out. It will be as clean as a new machine. If this treatment didn't completely clean out the dispenser, repeat the cleaning a second time with two more cups of vinegar. regards, Joe
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Sounds like the seals & gaskets have failed. If you removed the wash plate trying to unjam the washer and did not also replace the gasket kit, you may have violated the integrity of the water tight seals.
However, sometimes also the fabric softener dispenser especially, gets clogged and may overflow and leak if the tubes are clogged with coagulated fabric softener.
As I am writing this, my washer's fabric softener dispenser is clogged and the method I use to clear it has not worked this time - a cup of boiling water to melt the congealed fabric softener.
One has to open the top lid (method varies by Calypso model - Whirlpool or Kenmore) to get to the dispenser tubing and reservoir underneath to get things flowing again, and in fact I have a small water leak on the floor where the dispenser overflowed a bit.
That you have a leak, if it happens to come from such a clog, at least gives you a sign that your dispenser solenoids are not malfunctioning, requiring replacement of one of the circuit boards.
I had a similar problem and removed the complete dispenser drawer and washed it in with hot water. The small inner cups for the fabric softener and bleach should be removed and the hot water directed into the small "stand pipes" on the back side of the covers. It appears the fluids in the cups are siphoned out and if the pipes are clogged at the bottom there will be no flow. Also is the plate is not fully seated, the siphon effect is will not work.
Also, my wife said she does not use the cheaper brands of fabric softener anymore because we think that might have caused some of the clogging.
As a side note, if you remove the top of the washer, there is an adjustable dial where you can fine tune the amount of liquid dispenced. You can try adjusting that too. I think my final fix was to clean the back side of the face plates inside the dispenser and ensure they are fully seated to allow the proper siphon effect.
Fabric softener dispensers are notorious for getting all gummed up and clogged. Remove the dispenser cup and soak in some hot water to dissolve all residue. While you have the dispenser removed check under the dispenser cap in the agitator for gummy residue as well. Clean with hot water. There should also be an agitator seal cap under the dispenser. Make sure the cap and rubber o-ring are seated properly. Last of all, if the dispenser has a cone shaped cup inside, make sure it is inserted cone-side UP. The cup is designed to allow fabric softener to roll down the sides of it, NOT hold it. I hope this helps.