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My washer smells horrible. I know why, but not how to fix it. Help!

I have been using liquid fabric softener and now the tube within the central agitator is gummed up and coated with old fabric softener. The tube is filled with softener slipped down there from the cup that holds the fabric softener.   I cannot figure out how to disassemble the central agitator to clean it. HelP!

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  • staceyerin Aug 13, 2008

    Thanks for the help! Doesn't sound like a fun job, but if it fixes the problem it'll be worth it.  Thank you again for your help. 

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There is a bolt in the center of the spindle. Pull the fabric softener cap off to expose the center of the spindle and unscrew the bolt. you will nee an extenstion on the ratchet to reach the bolt. You will have to clean this every 2 months. I know--It sucks!.. I'm there myself.

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Hello - There are several things that could cause the fabric softener to not dispense into the washer. Are you sure the liquid in the dispenser after the wash is fabric softener? If it is fabric softener, the solenoid that lets the water into the dispenser is not working. This solenoid is located on the back of the dispenser. It only gets voltage during the dispense time and fills the fabric softener dispenser with water. The fabric softener dispenser fills while the washer is filling for the rinse cycle.

When the washer begins to fill for the rinse cycle, the fabric softener solenoid is energized and water flows into the fabric softener dispenser cup. When the cup is full the water siphons out and softener and water flow into the tub.

If the liquid in the fabric softener dispenser is pure softener you may need a technician to diagnose and repair the problem. The voltage will have to be tested to the softener solenoid and a volt meter is required.

If the liquid in the fabric softener dispenser is water you probably need to clean the dispenser cup. **** will build up in the siphon tube and stop the liquid from going into the washer tub. The incoming water will dilute the softener and overflow the dispenser cup and run into the tub. The instructions for cleaning the dispenser should be located on page 43 of the use and care guide that came with the washer.

If you don't have the use and care guide these instructions will help. Open the dispenser until it stops. In the left rear corner of the dispenser, there is a release that is labeled push. Press down on the push area and you can slide the dispenser drawer out.

Remove the insert from the bleach and fabric softener compartments. Clean the bottom of the insert and the bleach and fabric softener compartments. Reinstall the insert and put the drawer back inside the washer.

To test the siphon action slowly pour water into the fabric softener compartment. When the water level goes above the maximum line stop pouring. The water should all drain out.

Hope this information proves to be helpful however if it is ineffective please contact a professional to move forward accurately.

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I always use cold or warm water temperatures. I now use Snuggle liquid fabric softener (and an assortment of other liquids in the past) in the agitator mounted dispenser. The softener (all of them) leave...


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According to the manual on pages 12 & 13.

1.
Place a load of sorted clothes into the washer. See “Laundry
Tips.”
■ Load evenly to maintain washer balance. Mix large and
small items. Items should move easily through the wash
water.
■ Load only to the top of the basket as shown. Overloading
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3. Add color-safe bleach (powdered or liquid) to this dispenser,
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