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Kenmore Elite HE3t Washer - Bleach Dispenser Issues

Whenever I add bleach to the dispenser in the pull out drawer it immediately starts running out into the machine, you can see it disappear out of the drawer and inside it's running down the front of the window, onto dry clothes! Not only is the bleach wasted it is damaging clothes. I have tried removing, inspecting, re-seating the little dividers and that does not seem to do anything. Is this a known issue? What else can I check? Thanks in advance.

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  • mmr grrrrrr Feb 16, 2009

    I have the same problem. Help would be appreciated.

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2009

    The same thing happens to me with the fabric softener. I'm sure if I used bleach it would do the same thing. It just runs into the machine as soon as I put it in.

  • flycolorado Apr 10, 2009

    Ditto! Anything just starts pouring into the washer.. If it's bleach it ruins the dry clothes! I had the repair man out yesterday and he said thats supposed to happen... Why would that happed? Thats crazy. Why would I want my fabric softener running in first.. It should be timed! Even old top loads would time that stuff.

  • Anonymous May 17, 2009

    Even if I just put a little fabric softner it happens,

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The Sears repair man told me that I was filling the bleach and fabric softener too high and when you close the tray is splashes over and runs into the drum. Not all of it runs out though just the portion that goes over the Fill Line.

Posted on Apr 24, 2009

  • Talmadge Epps Aug 15, 2013

    This is not the case. All of the bleach runs down the front door. I do not overfill and I push the tray in very slowly

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