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Kenmore Elite soap door problem

Cycle runs normal but at end door on soap dispenser is still closed and soap tab is intact. Using Electrosol super tabs. Could they be too thick, causing door to jam? They are the ones with the ball of "jet dri" in the middle. Please comment
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Dispenser may be bad. Push the hi-temp button , air -dry, hi-temp, air-dry in that order. All lights will lite up and this will do test cycle of all components. If soap disp opens then soap tab may be the issue. I have had intermittent dispenser issues and they are often hard to solve as other components may be at fault.

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