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Soap dispensor door opens, but powder soap mostly stays in the cup

Powder soap is still half full, but mushy in the cup at the end of the cycle. The door opens, but the powder soap is not fully emptied by the wash cycle. Leaves mushy soap in the cup, and on some dishes. Powder soap is new, dry and grainey when poured into the cup before closing soap cup door. We are using light cycle cup only and light cycle wash.

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