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I have a Kenmore HE front load washing machine and the fabric softner dispenser is not emptying. What could the problem be? I have removed the dispenser drawer and cleaned it but that hasn't fixed the problem.

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Remove hoses from fill valve, clean screens inside fill valve, if this does not fix problem, replace valve.

Posted on Mar 08, 2009

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SOURCE: The softner dispenser will not empty. then has bad smell.

if this is a front load washer you need to raise the top and check all the dispenser hoses for clogged, hardened fabric softener. if you only wash in warm or cold water, the hoses will get built up with soap and fabric softener. you need to do at least one load of hot every month to keep the hoses cleaned out, the hot water disolves it better. as for the smell you can buy a product called AFRESH and follow the directions on the package and routinely use one tablet every month for the odor. if there is a lot of water in the tub, you may have something caught in the impeller of the drain pump. hope this helps.

Posted on Nov 07, 2009

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Try pulling the drawer out again and look in the hole. Look on the bottom for detergent or softener piled up and allowing the water to come out the door or anything clogging the tube in the back of the hole. Look on the top, there are a bunch of little holes, make sure none of these are clogged, clean with a toothbrush and sewing pin if clogged. Take the drawer completely apart and clean thoroughly, check for any cracks. If nothing is found here Take the lid off with the 3 screws in the back and push the lid toward the back of washer and lift off. Run the washer and check for the leaks with a flashlight. DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING ELECTRICAL. As there is a shock hazard with the lid off.
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Posted on Jan 23, 2010

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You could have a clog in the housing underneath the dispenser where the water flows through a hose into the tub.
Pull the dispenser drawer completely out.
There is a tab that needs to be depressed to release the drawer and remove it.
Check the opening at the bottom of the housing just inside the dispenser housing opening to see if a small sock or garment is clogging this opening.
Reach down into this opening to see if an item is inside the hose.
This is the normal issue that will cause water to leak out of the dispenser housing.

Wash the dispenser drawer thoroughly with warm water. Make sure that you pull off the siphon covers and wash all siphon holes. This process is described in your owner's manual. Replace the dispenser drawer and try the washer again.

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Posted on Sep 14, 2010

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You could have a clog in the housing underneath the dispenser where the water flows through a hose into the tub.
Pull the dispenser drawer completely out.
There is a tab that needs to be depressed to release the drawer and remove it.
Check the opening at the bottom of the housing just inside the dispenser housing opening to see if a small sock or garment is clogging this opening.
Reach down into this opening to see if an item is inside the hose.
This is the normal issue that will cause water to leak out of the dispenser housing.

Wash the dispenser drawer thoroughly with warm water. Make sure that you pull off the siphon covers and wash all siphon holes. This process is described in your owner's manual. Replace the dispenser drawer and try the washer again.

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Posted on Sep 14, 2010

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