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My dishwasher has an automatic detergent dispenser. The detergent reservoir has become clogged. How can I clean it out? What detergent should I be using?

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  • tanasay Oct 08, 2008

    It is GE Profile PDW9980N00SS

  • tanasay Oct 08, 2008

    Yes, pretty much.

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Servicing the Detergent Dispenser

Accumulated detergent from prior washings can cause problems with the soap dispenser. Buildup can get into the soap dispenser and interfere with the spring that triggers the flip-out tray, or it can slow down the pivot action of the tray.open the dispenser If the dispenser is not opening, first make sure you aren't loading the machine so dishes or pots and pans are touching the dispenser, and that dish racks aren't blocking the dispenser. Also check to make sure the dispenser tray isn't cracked. If leftover detergent in the tray is almost liquid, rather than just damp, the tray may be damaged.

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    Starnley Johnwells Oct 08, 2008

    The screws holding the dispenser in place may be on the front of the unit, or you may have to remove the front door panel to get to the screws and make the replacement depending on the make and model Remove the dispenser after removing the clog connecting it the same way the unit was attached.
    hope this helps

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    Starnley Johnwells Oct 08, 2008

    Only use dishwasher detergent made for automatic dishwashers

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    Starnley Johnwells Oct 08, 2008

    Use only detergent specifically made for use cascade and
    and Electrasol
    ®

    Automatic Dishwashing Detergents electralsol automatic dish washing detergent has being approved in all GE dish washers keep your detergent fresh and dry

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Can you give me the make and model pls?

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    Swilin Sampson Oct 08, 2008

    Use Basic-D Automatic Dishwashing Concentrate for sparkling clean dishes without all the added fillers. Cuts grease and baked-on food without chlorine. Top cleaning performance and phosphate free. Effective even in hard water. Again, this product is a concentrate and so saves you money. When used as directed, one 50-oz. box of Basic-D does the same number of dishwasher loads as 4, 45-oz. boxes of Cascade. Never use liquid detergents in a dishwasher.

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    Swilin Sampson Oct 08, 2008

    You can also try pouring some white vinegar through the dispenser and giving it a run. There are some other products on the market (like DrainX) that are essentially used for unclogging drains. You can try this as well, although do so without any dishes! Also, once you do this, let the dishwasher run a couple of cycles without any detergent and dishes to clear out the tubings.

    Hope that helps!


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You can try from the inside the drawer, eventually try using a screwdriver to unclog it.

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  • Ginko
    Ginko Oct 08, 2008

    You can try from the inside the drawer, eventually try using a screwdriver to unclog it.

    If that is not enough you will need to open the top or the back panel of the appliance (depending on the model ) and unclog the hoses at the back of the detergent dispenser drawer.

    Check also that the plastic tabs or the small valve (depending on model) that regulate flux on water from detergent to softener drawer are not stuck.

    Post here Appliance model number to get exploded views and more details on your specific model.


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I have the same problem...I think I mixed the soap types (Enzyme based with Bleach based). The manual clearly says not to do this.

What I did was brought out my trusty wet-vac and sucked it out while using HOT water to break up the crusty mess. I am going to fill the dispenser with water and add soap the old way until I see the "low soap" light go on.
I'll keep you posted if this happens.

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