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Suds Suds Suds

I keep getting the Suds glashing. There are not extra suds. it is doing it repeatedly and not using the proper rinse cycle with the fabric softener. I have redone my drain tube, reweighed the loads, made sure the drain tube is clear, heck I even dumped draino down the washer's drain. This is really starting to stress me out! HELP!

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The SUDS fault indicator is caused by using too much detergent, or the wrong type of detergent. The Kenmore Elite front loaders were designed to use HE type detergent only. When the washers first came out, manufacturers originally made the claim that you could use regular detergent if you used less of it. The manufacturers later retracted that claim because there were a lot of problems with over-sudsing. If you are not using HE detergent, you need to be. In the mean time run your machine with no load with hot water to clear the drum and drain lines of any soap residue. You may have to do this a couple of times to clear the problem. I hope this helps.

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