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Main detergent compartment door does not open during wash.

I have a Kenmore Model 665, s/n 15522000, type 280-1 dishwasher and the main dish washing detergent compartment door, located above the pre-wash compartment on the inside of the main door does not open during the entire wash cycle.
The door is spring loaded and snaps open when I depress the catch manually.
I assume the force of the water is supposed to spring the catch and open the door during the wash but it's not working.
Please advise.
Thank you.


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