I have an opprotunity to purchase a 43142. It looks like it may have been abused, i.e. the soap dispenser is caked with detergent. How can I know if the gasket leaks without running a load of wash? There is very little knowledge about the machine as it was "dropped off by the owners when they left town". Any advice?
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Soap dispenser cover will not open until front knob is at 4:30 or 5 o'clock. Turn knob to 5 o'clock and jiggle dispenser cover. If cover still does not open, is detergent caked such that door won't open? If yes, remove caked detergent. If no, disconnect power at breaker. GE repair manual says to remove screws for inner door panel and inspect detergent dispenser mechanism with lever and trip lever for broken or binding parts.
THIS IS JUST A SUGGESTION: TAKE SOME WARM TO HOT WATER AND POUR IT DOWN AND AROUD THE DISPENSER.
SOAP CAN "CAKE-UP" AND MAKE THE THE DISPENSER STICK. IN THE MEAN TIME YOU CAN PUT YOUR DETERGANT IN A COFFECUP ON THE LOWER RACK AND ACHIEVE THE SAME RESULTS. ALWAYS USE THE LEAST AMOUNT OF SOAP POSSIBLE.
POWDERED DETERGENTS GET CLOGGED ALOT IN THOSE DISPENSERS.
I ADVISE CUSTOMERS TO FILL THERE WASHER AND ADD SOAP WHEN IT STARTS TO AGITATE WHEN USING MORE THAN A 1/2 CUP OF POWDER ... THEN ADD YOUR CLOTHES ... THE WASHER HAS A SAFTEY SWITCH WILL STOP MOST WASHERS WHEN AGITATING OR IN SPIN CYCLE,SO YOU CAN LOAD CLOTHES ...
OTHER THAN THAT ... ALL YOU CAN DO IS KEEP THAT DISPENSER FLUSHED OUT WITH HOT WATER AFTER EVERY WASH. JUST POUR HOT WAYER TROUGH IT ...
IF THE WATER BACKS UP (EVEN WITH A SLOW POURING) THE DISPENSER IS PLUGGED AND NEEDS TO BE FLUSHED OUT WITH A HOSE.
GOOD LUCK AND STAY DRY !!!