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I have taken apart the dispenser drawer and all its hoses and housing to clean any residue but the machine will not dispense the fabirc softener. Washing powder is fine not problem but fabric softener stays in the drawer. Any clues how to solve?

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Hi from retired Englishman in SW France,
I hope you do not mind me saying this but, although you have cleaned the softener drawer, the siphoning tube is often overlooked because it is difficult to access.
It will normally have some sort of cover over it which you must remove to expose the little stuck up pipe/tube. On some models there is just a small individual cap over the tube. The tube is down which the conditioner and water should siphon. It is likely to be blocked by 'gunge'- a mix of powder and conditioner. The whole of the tray, particularly this pipe and the bit which fits over it, must be completely clean and clear for it to operate correctly. It is worthwhile checking fairly regularly.
If all is clear it could be that the water dispensing is not filling the softener tray itself. It is possible to check by selecting (final?) rinse and pulling the drawer out very slightly until you can see and hear the water running in. If it isn't it's a call-out ;-0(
Good luck,
John C

Posted on Mar 20, 2011

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Good Morning Friend,

I understand you want to know how to clean the fabric softener dispenser from your Frigidaire washer, model# ATF7000ES. To remove the drawer and clean the dispenser, please do the following:

• Remove the drawer by pulling it out until it stops.
• Reach back into the left rear corner of the drawer cavity and press down firmly on the lock tab (left rear portion of the drawer). Pull out the drawer.
• Remove the insert from the bleach and fabric softener compartments.
• Rinse the drawer and inserts with hot tap water to remove traces of accumulated powders and liquids. Large amounts of fabric softener residue may indicate improper dilution or more frequent cleaning is required.
• To clean the drawer opening, use a small brush to clean the recess. Remove all residues from the upper and lower parts of the recess.
• Replace the insert pressing the "X" to lock it in place. Return the dispenser drawer.

I ask that you please follow up with a comment on the post, at your convenience, to advise if further troubleshooting is needed or if your appliances status has changed successfully. Hope this is helpful.

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This is a result of the siphoning action and is part of the normal operation of the washer. Water
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• Replace the insert pressing the "X" to lock it in place. Return the dispenser drawer.
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