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Kenmore Front Loading machine, does not drain the fabric softener

I have a Kenmore Front Loading machine and for some reason the fabric softener has stopped draining. The same amount of fabric softener has been in there for a few weeks now, so I don't think that any water is washing it into the machine.

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  • bigben100 Feb 21, 2008

    fabrick dispensor does not drain .how does it work. ive cleaned it out thourry but it still does not drain. [email protected]

  • chimeygirl Jan 12, 2009

    I have the exact same problem with the fabric softener not emptying. I've cleaned out the tray and inside with a toothbrush, but that did not help. I will try the water line suggestion. Thanks!

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

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    Fabric sofener won't drain into washer, Front load machine

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    Why doesn't the water drain out of the softener bin that is next to the soap bin in the drawer? Even if I don't use any softener there is still water in that bin that doesn't drain out.

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    A+ nano technology full automatic front loading washing machine. A+ letters are shining when we put on the supply and no water supply. I checked the water line it is okay. what is the reason?

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We had the exact same situation with the fabric softener not draining and here is how we fixed it. Turn the water off first, then remove the water lines that bring water into your washer. (They are near the top.) There is a screen in the end of the line, do not remove it, but take an old toothbrush and brush the gunk out and clean it as best you can. Do both the hot & cold sides. The screens keep any debris out of the washer, so after a while it collects and slows down the water intake time (has your washer been slow to fill also?) Screw back the lines, making sure to put the hot and cold back as they were originally, then test that they do not leak. Put your washer back in place and viola - problem solved! I hope this works for you, and good luck!

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My kenmore washer model number c47192 will not let the fabric softener drain. I have washed out the dispenser area throuroughly but it will not go through. Someone please help.

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For the dispenser problem, I recommend that you pull the dispenser drawer out and clean it thoroughly.
The fabric softener dispenser works on a siphoning principle.
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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For the dispenser problem, I recommend that you pull the dispenser drawer out and clean it thoroughly.
The fabric softener dispenser works on a siphoning principle.
Make sure that the siphon hole in the dispenser is clear and not restricted or plugged.

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