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Bosh washer won't dispense softener. cleaned the tray and tested it by filling with water and it drained completly out, so i know its not clogged. washed another load and softener still there at end of cycle. what else could it be.

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  • mrsbud Sep 02, 2008

    I did a few loads with liquid fabric softener with no problems, and now all of a sudden when I went to start another load, I noticed the liquid was still in the front. I have tried pushing the rinse cycle again, and using the bleach button. I am so confused. I have a son who wets the bed and that is the only way I can get the smell out of his clothes. Please help!!!

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I had the same problem. I went to www.justanswer.com and asked the same question as you. I have copied my questions and answers into this reply. My Bosch Nexxt 500 Series washer has stopped dispensing fabric Sent to Appliance Experts 10/25/2009 at 3:24 PM My Bosch Nexxt 500 Series washer has stopped dispensing fabric softener; I also find water in the softener dispenser cup (little cup that pops out for washing - has two sides, one for softener and the other for bleach) after every load. I have tried soaking and cleaning the cup with a brush as the manual indicates with no changes; water still standing. I removed the dispenser and filled it with water. The water didn't run out until I angled the end with the drain hole slightly down. Then the water came out through the drain hole fine. I thought maybe I hadn't cleaned it properly and bought a new dispenser assembly; this is a big part with the dispensers for detergent, softener, and bleach. I replaced my softener dispenser cup with the new one. Same problem. Help.

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I stated my case in my question, but I did disassemble the dispenser cup. There is no blockage. It looks just like the new dispenser cup in the new assembly I bought. I also have only ran bleach through the detergent dispenser 2 times in 3 years.
Status: Awaiting Expert Reply Value: $28 Answer 10/25/2009 at 3:26 PM (2 minutes and 40 seconds later) if the dispenser is clean, then you need to replace your cold water electronic water valve. This water valve has 2 solenoids. Once for the softner and one to fill the tub. The solenoid that fills the tub can be working normally while the softner solenoid will fail to open as far as it needs and will either not send water into the softner compartment at all, or will only fill very slowly leaving diluted softner in the compartment at the end of the cycle. Here is a link to the part you need to replace. This is the part that the cold water fill hose connects to on the back of the washer.
Here is the link to the part with its description. Good luck! http://www.repairclinic.com/SSPartDetail.aspx?s=t-WFMC3301UC-%3d%3di1105556&PartID=1105556

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I had the same problem. the only thing that works for me is fulling the fabric softener compartment all the way to the top with water then it will syphon down! it adds it to the load at the start instead on the rinse cycle but its better then nothing!

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For the dispenser problem, I recommend that you pull the dispenser drawer out and clean it thoroughly.
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Make sure that the siphon hole in the dispenser is clear and not restricted or plugged.

You can fill the fabric softener compartment with water and make sure that it is siphoning properly while you are cleaning it.
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