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Re: Soap not fully dispensing
Good you have he soap, powder is not a good option and maybe there is too much. Liquid soap should be no more than 2 Tbls and softner 1 Tbls. These machines use 50 gallons less water than a top loader. If you soap is ok than you can inspect the dispenser. The top cover has three hex screws on the back, ones with a torx use a 9/32 and if not a 1/4 socket. after you pull this cover off, push back and then lift noting a catch is on the front behind the console for alignment at replacement, you will see a white box with a spring loaded cam attached to a arm with a motor under it. Check for lime deposits careful to not loose the spring. Start a cycle and observe for hang ups sometimes a drop of 3 in 1 oil at the dispenser side does wonders.
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Try using the soap tablets instead. The frigidaire units use a small cylinder to actuate the soap dispenser and if just a little too much soap is used the latch will bind and not release. Alternatively, make sure the dispenser is only about half to 2/3 full if you need to use powder detergent. This is a common problem with the frigidaire/ whirlpool/galax/kenmore models. Hope this is useful.
I believe this is just a matter of dish placement, and not a matter of anything physically wrong with your unit. The way the unit works is when the "computer" tells to open the door, it releases the latch. That is all it is responsible for doing. After that gravity and the splash of the water jets must take over. So simply just make a visual path where you know water jets can hit that area and you should be alright.
IF the powered soap is already caked in the dispenser you will have to manually scrape it out with a wood or plastic stick.
The soap door doesn't open fully on that model, and usually flips fully open as you open the dishwasher door.
It relies on the top spray arm turning to 'wash' the soap out of the drawer - and that will be the problem.The spray arm isn't turning.
Check the spray arm for blocked jets at the very end - use a pin to clear them out, or replace them - check both spray arms. Make sure the spray arm rotates freely also.
Remember the dishwasher isn't a garbage disposal unit - remove food deposits from plates etc before loading the machine. Run a dishwasher cleaner through the machine now and then. Food like pasta, or fruit pips often get carried to the end of spray arms and block them.
If using a 30 min rapid wash program ONLY and dishwasher tablets, put the tab in the cutlery basket as it wont have time to dissolve fully if you put it in the dispenser.
2 things will lead to soap not dissolving, first is cold water, so make sure you have hot enough water. second and more likely is the dispenser is not opening at the proper time , instead fully opens at end of cycle during the dry cycle never even getting wet, and washing dishes with no soap, id replace the dispenser or make sure your not stacking items in front of dispenser hindering the opening. also powder is best, tabs and gelpack put undo stress on the dispenser door not always allowing full operation...
Symptoms: Dispenser lid is open. Caked powder at (what would be during normal
operation) bottom edge of soap dispenser or caked powder fallen onto
dishes or dishwasher bottom. There may be loose powder in rest of
dispenser or spilled down inside door or onto dishes underneath
Keep the area around the soap dispenser lid clear when loading the top tray.
The soap dispenser needs to swing open during the wash cycle. In many
dishwashers the top tray has an indentation as wide as the lid of the
dispenser. This allows the top tray to be as large deep as possible
while still allowing space for the dispenser lid to open. People often
pack their dishwasher with things overhanging this gap.
During the wash cycle the catch will release but the overhanging cutlery
or crockery prevents the lid from opening all but a few degrees. Some
water will splash in but not enough to wash out the soap powder. The
soap powder at the bottom of the dispenser will then cake.
When the front door is opened the spring loaded lid, which is partly
open, will of course swing fully open and you'll be convinced that the
lid opened normally during operation. If this is the problem then if
you're very careful and open the door very slowly you can actually hear
the lid flip open. Also, depending on when the lid opens, how far it
opened during operation and how fast you open the door you may find soap
powder spilled down to cover the dishes at the front or down the inside
of the door. This happens when you first open the door and obviously
there couldn't be loose powder there if the powder had emerged while
there was water washing around. Seeing the lid open as you open the door
is a lot harder but can be done on some machines.
If you are you using a liquid soap or packets that will be the main problem.If your unit fills with water circulates the water and drains the water,and also heaters are working then you probally need to change to cascade powder soap.The film on the dishes is soap.The unit has so much build up in it that when it gets to the rinse cycle it is rinsing dishes with soapy water.You need to get 2 medium bowls fill both 2/3 up with white vinager,place one in upper rack and one in lower rack and run unit on longest cycle letting the vinager splash out during wash.do this with no soap and no dishes.Having soft water will allow you to use less soap.
Before taking anything to bits, check you aren't just loading the machine in such a way that something (for us, it's usually a frying pan) is stopping the soap dispenser from springing open all the way.