I use fabric conditioner with every wash. Just the recomemnded amount. After each wash, the fabric conditioner part of the drawer is full of water, so I have empty it before I can refill it with softener for the next wash.
Why does it do this, and what can I do about it? The washing machine is perfect in every other way, and its 2 years old. Its a Miele.
It's meant to have water go through it. It must be blocked up.
By the way, I used to work as a lab tech for Procter and Gamble in Cincinnati and one of my jobs was to make white tee shirts dingy in order to test whitening agents. In addition to clay, cooking oil, bbq sauce, and some other things, one of the main ingredients I'd add to the wash cycle was fabric softener. It helps make clothes dingy. Since learning that, I've almost never used the stuff.
everyday's right. Mine (Bosch) did that and when I had a new built in fridge installed I happened to mention the problem to the installer. "I can fix that" he said, took the drawer out unclipped the water outlet behind and cleaned it out. Problem sorted. It gets bunged up with gunk - fabric condition is very gunky Unless you get down and look carefully behind the drawer the outlet is not easy to notice.
the softener compartment has a syphon tube in it. If not obvious, the instructions will show you how to unclip it. Putting it back, the little tube must go inside the big tube.
Soaking in hot water will eventually soften it.
With the modern, concentrated softeners, you can add some water to the compartment to dilute it so it is more runny.
Also take out the drawer and scrub the "ceiling" of the aperture with a toothbrush and Kitchen Cleaner with Bleach to remove the congealed soap and softener that is probably blocking the tiny water holes. It is possible, but very tedious, to poke a bristle into each hole to unblock it.
Had this problem with my old Bosch machine. Cleaning the syphon was to no avail. When the machine died I vowed never to use fabric conditioner again. My new machine is totally gunk free and the smell from Persil Bio is enough for it to smell clean.