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I have a Whirlpool front loading washing machine (model AWM8121). We keep getting sporadic bleach marks on our towels and clothing when we take them out of the washing machine. Any idea what might be causing this?

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Try removing dispenser drawer completely and cleaning thoroughly there may a buildup in drawer preventing the bleach from completely dispensing properly at the proper time ..press tab down on left rear corner to completely remove entire assembly

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