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The fabric softener dispenser on my FAV6800AWQ is not flushing. After a wash cycle, there is still a quarter inch or deeper fluid (water & softener) level. I disassemble and clean the dispenser often but it still doesn't seem to be flushing properly. I can't see any solenoid or tubing assembly near the dispenser (except for the lid lock assy) so I assume the flushing pressure originates via the tub wall. I have been unable to locate an IPB (Illustrated Parts Breakdown) manual to confirm. Thoughts, please? Thank you in advance. Ron Scott Friendswood, Texas

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Ron,

From what you describe I feel the next check is to make sure the Fabric Dispenser water solenoid is opening all the way to allow enough water to flow thru the lid channel to fill the reservoir. I say this because you troubleshooting indicates a partially diluted softener in the dispenser reservoir.

You can't get the Service Manual from Servicematers.com anymore so I will point you to a previous post on opening the softener water valve in service mode and let's see if the dispenser valve will fill the reservoir. I don't think that will happen from what you describe......maybe after several minutes in service mode.

You will need to turn on the cold water inlet valve in service mode then turn on the Fabric Dispenser water Valve in Service mode and see after several seconds that the Fabric Dispenser fills and the contents are flushed out to the wash tub.

See this post for your issue http://www.fixya.com/support/t4514661-fabric_softener_dispensor_not_empty


If you want to continue to troubleshoot and DIY the fix I would go to another DIY site that will make it a bit easier to support the fix for your issue. Just Google dh1200s and you should find me on a few other DIY forums...........Rich

Posted on Oct 13, 2010

  • Ron Scott Oct 26, 2010

    Hi, Rich. You are correct. The solenoid valve for the softener dispenser is not opening even though 120VAC is being supplied by the control board to that solenoid. (I used the diagnostic sequence you described in the link you provided to verify ( http://www.fixya.com/support/t4514661-fa... ). I have to buy a putty knife to be able to release the front right and left latches for the washer top to hinge backwards for access to the solenoid valve assembly for removal and replacement. I really appreciate your help. BTW, I FINALLY found a currently available PDF file for the FAV6800A service manual which I was able to download ("save target as") to my computer desktop for more help. You must register with an email addy to access the site and get the manual. Here is the link: http://appliancedigest.com/index.php?/fi... Thank you again and
    Best Regards,
    Ron

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    Hey Ron good deal, yea I joined that forum last week when I found out servicematters.com had put a coin slot on their site. They shoild hang there heads low for lack of support to Maytag owners. I have pointed folks to the site. I'm done with this site. Good luck to you. appliancepartspros.com/ is the site i would recommend for support of the 4 real DIY sites I post on. See Ya FIXYA.

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