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GE front loading washer softener dispenser does not dispense

Model #GCVH6260 (Canada) dispenser fills with water but does not dispense the softener and remains in the dispenser

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  • Anonymous Feb 25, 2008

    I'm having the same problem - I've cleaned the tray but it still does not dispense the softener

  • Anonymous Mar 04, 2008

    The bleach and fabric softner does not empty out by the end of the laundry cycle. I have taken out the drawer and cleaned it out, but the problem continues. The dispenser does not dispense the bleach or fabric softner. Any suggestions on how to fix this problem.

  • Anonymous Oct 11, 2008

    I can not change the water pressure, it comes into the house from the city lines. I will try the vinegar. If that doesn't work, do you think I can try CLR?


  • vtandi Dec 09, 2008

    I have tried everything to "clean" this dispenser so that it will dispense bleach and softner and nothing works, including running the prewash cycle as described in the manual. If I leave the compartments empty and run a wash, they are no longer full of water at the end, so it would appear that the unit is not clogged. The mention of water pressure here is the first I have seen. Are you saying it may be that while water can run through the system, the pressure is insufficient to "push" the bleach and softner ahead of it? Why then would it work "occassionally" (very). I do not have the ability to adjust the water pressure on just my washer. Does anyone have any other suggestions? Does "topping" the product with water produce the same effect?

    Please help!!!!

  • Anonymous May 07, 2009

    Indesit Washing Machine W161 softner dispenser does not work.



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I know this was posted nearly a year ago...

But, we had the same problem with our washer-- the dispenser wouldn't work on the softner and bleach. After googling all the threads I could find, I decided to run the "quick wash" cycle with vinegar a few times (just like you would do when cleaning a coffee machine).

Everything looked so clean inside the dispenser and it still seemed to have the problem. So, I began to think that perhaps it wasn't filling the holding area enough with water-- which in turn would not allow the softner and bleach to be added to the clothes. I double-checked the water lines and found that we had turned the water presure down because of water hammer. I turned up the pressure, and now everything works fine-- except now we have to deal with the water hammer!

We hope this discovery helps some others out there...

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After you put your normal softener into the dispenser, top it with water. The remaining water the machine will pour in. You can even try cleaning it with a toothbrush first.

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  • Anonymous Mar 05, 2009

    You can turn up the water pressure before you do your washing, & turn it down after. Time it to remind you. Its what i do always. And I've had no probs at all. If all this persists check your inlet valve (at entry top of machine) for loose connections, still not good change the inlet valve, it's easy.

    Sites for spares: (which is good)

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2009

    If the softener does not emply from the dispenser you have to open the top to see if line is coming through to it & is not disconnected or loose. Check your inlet mesh at machine too (where the water comes from the wall faucet to the machine entry).



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