Soap is in the dispenser after dishwasher has been run
We run the dishwasher (even if the dispensor is open) and the soap doesn't dissolve. The dishes are wet, but clean??? it is hard to tell. We have tried running hot water in the sink to make sure that the water is hot in the washer. With the dispenser open or closed the soap is still there after it finishes. Please help! It is a Maytag MDB7100AWQ. about 7 years old.
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You need to clean your particle screen under the heating element. It is found at the bottom center of the washer under the heating coil. It is usually a plastic mesh screen and sometimes are removable. This needs to be cleaned really good about every 2 months. This will stop the problem with the suds. Good Luck This Should Help!
By the way I see that you soap won't dissolve this is not because of water temperature it is that the jets in the washer arm are clogged. You need to clean these one by one with a small cleaning device and brush. When these clog the jets of water don't come out with any force they just trickle. Clean the jets(on the arm that spins at the top and bottom of the washer and your screen and it will be like having a brand new washer.
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could be a few things, could be the spray arms aren't turning and washing the soap out more likely tho is it isn't heating properly as this is the main thing that dissolves the soap and washes the dishes, are the dishes hot when you open the dishwasher?
is the soap dispensing door opening? there is a small switch which sometimes likes to fly south makeing the door not open on the soap dispenser when this happens you would need to replace the soap dispenser assembly or if your able to find the switch that is on the dispensor and the part is actually sold seperately from the dispensor then you would replace that switch. you would need to take the screws off on the inside of the door and seperate the two panels the outter from the inner the inner panel is the one that houses the soap dispenser. You can do a continuity test with the unit unplugged to assure that the switch is working properly. if you have any further questions message me back and please remember when our chat has fully concluded to rank how this opinion has helped it allows me to continue helping others in similar situations Thanks Rick,
Many dishwashers (but not all) use a BI-metal strip that heats up once power is applied to it. The BI-metal strip bends and allows the soap door spring to open up the dispenser. This bi-metal strip is not given full 120 volts power, the timer "shunts" the power through either the heating element ( most common ) or the motor and this gives the bi-metal strip lower than full power to work and open. Most often the bi-metal strip has lost its ability to bend properly and needs to be replaced. Older GE dishwashers used a mechanical arm driven by the timer to open the dispenser = no electrical bi-metals. Newer (plastic liner) Maytag dishwashers and many newer Whirlpool & Frigidaire dishwashers use a wax motor to open the soap dispenser. The plunger inside the wax motor slowly moves and pushes the plunger and door open. And, if this wax motor doesn’t receive 120 volts, then it’ll not work.
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Either your dishwasher is not getting the water hot enough to dissolve the powder, or you need to switch brands. Try a liquid/gel type of dishwasher detergent. Try stopping the washer a few minutes after you start a wash cycle. Open the door -- if there is a lot of steam coming out at you, it's not the water temperature. If there is no steam, your dishwasher is not getting hot water and/or the heating coil is not working.
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...