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Soap dispenser doesn't open

For three times now we have run the dishwasher to find the soap stuck in the dispenser like the lid just wouldn't open. What's up?

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  • Anonymous Oct 27, 2008

    I have the exact same problem, which seems to happen intermittently. It's very frustrating.

  • Anonymous Feb 13, 2009

    I have the same problem, i am wondering if it matters what type of soap you use.Can you get a liquid detergent and just dispense it in the bottom of the diswasher I am wondering. Forgoing any need for the dispenser to open.

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I have had the same problem in the past. Usually I found that something of large size was sitting in the corner just in front of where the soap door opens. The door tries to open, hits this item (in my case a cutting board) and can't open completely. Try keeping only short items in this corner and see if it helps. Good luck!

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Check the dispenser for anything that may be caught in it. if you don't find anything, it needs to be replaced.

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