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Kenmore Elite fabric softener won't drain

The fabric softener is remaining in the compartment after the wash is done. It does not drain into wash when it is supposed to do so.It seems like there is a little bit of water in the drawer along with the fabric softener. I've taken the drawer out and cleaned it several times. I've made sure that it is in correctly. Please help as Sears cannot help without coming out and charging me for a house call. Thanks

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  • nuneez Apr 27, 2009

    My fabric softener won't drain into the washer. The compartment remains full. II continue to get a F and H symbol and the washer stops. I know it has something to do with the fabric softener because the softener compartment remains full. I can override the stop by choosing the "rinse and spin" portion of the cycle several times. Then I choose drain and spin. It drives me nuts because I have to "manually" do the wash!

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Is the dispenser full? It could be that it is a bit clogged. I would try just pouring a little very hot water in for several loads and using dryer softener sheets during this time. Let's see if we can unclog it .

Posted on Aug 22, 2008

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There is a chance it might be clogged. Have you tried to unplug the washer and plug it back up to reset it?

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The fabric softener dispenser works on a siphoning principle.
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