I have a Kenmore Ultra Wash dishwasher (model 15632) and just recently the trap door which holds the soap in its compartment is not opening automatically after the first prewash cycle purges water and washer enters the main wash cycle. I've looked at the latch that holds this trap door closed to see if there might be residue built up which might be preventing it from moving freely, but that doesn't appear to be the problem. It will run through the entire wash cycle without opening this door and no soap gets into the dishwasher. What is keeping this trap door from opening automatically?
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Re: Soap dispenser door not opening automatically
IT IS LIKELY BE A LATCH PROBLEM BUT YOU TOLD YOU ALREADY CHECKED THAT.
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. 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.
If you can't solve the problem easily, replace the entire dispenser unit. This is usually easier than trying to disassemble it and replace separate parts. Use a new dispenser made for the dishwasher. 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. Remove the old dispenser and secure the new one, connecting it in the same way the old unit was attached.
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Push the little lever sticking out of the dispenser.
Maybe you have some calcium or hardened soap that is holding the lid closed. some Lemi-Shine powder dissolved in hot water and use an old toothbrush to clean off the soap/hard-water deposits.
soap trap and its cap covers the soap in your dishwasher after you fill
it and then swings open to dispense the soap when the wash cycle
starts. If your dishes aren't getting clean or you notice the soap trap
door is still shut after the dishwasher finishes a load, it may
indicate a problem with the soap trap you'll need to fix.
Instructions Things You'll Need:
Dishwasher soap cap replacement,Screwdriver,Multimeter.
the lid of the soap trap and clean out any leftover soap. Soap and
detergent, especially the inexpensive brands, can clump together and
harden inside the soap trap instead of releasing into the water during
the wash cycle. Change to a different soap and run the dishwasher
again. See if the clumps disappear and if this solves the problem.
the old dishwasher soap trap cap and replace with a new one. The
plastic cap should slide or pop off. The instructions for the new cap
should instruct you how to slide or pop it back into place. A new cap
may solve the problem if the cap is not opening during use.
off power to the dishwasher by either turning off power at the circuit
breaker panel box or moving the unit out from the counter and
disconnecting it from the power supply. Always do this when working
inside the dishwasher to avoid electrocution.
the dishwasher door and remove the screws to take off the front
paneling. Leave the screws holding the bottom hinges to the door in
place to keep the door itself from falling off. Depending on your
model, you may need to remove some clasps as well. Your goal is to gain
access to the inside of the door and control panel so you can see the
different knobs and buttons, and can fix the parts controlling the soap
your soap trap. Close the soap trap cap and insert a screwdriver to
push on the metal piece -- called a bi-metal switch -- connected to the
soap trap cap until the cap swings open. If the metal looks out of
place and the cap doesn't swing open like it should, push the metal
back into place with the screwdriver and try again. If this does not
fix it, remove the metal piece and replace with a new one.
you can't find the metal piece, your dishwasher may use a wax motor
assembly instead. Located near the soap trap cap, it's typically a
small red or maroon colored plug with a small black rod sticking out of
the end. Remove the wax motor for testing if you don't have a bi-metal
the round timer motor inside your dishwasher. Refer to your
dishwasher's instruction manual for help identifying the different
parts. Typically, the timer motor is a round piece with holes in it,
and may be located near the timer control on the dishwasher itself.
Remove the timer motor from the dishwasher.
Test the timer motor and wax motor assembly using a multimeter .Choose one of the motors to test and place one probe from the
multimeter to one wire of the motor and the other probe to the other
wire. For the timer motor, Part Select.com suggests setting the
multimeter to the "x1000" ohms setting and you should get a reading of
2000 to 3500 ohms. If your reading is significantly different, the part
is bad. For the wax motor assembly, set to the "x1" ohms setting and
touch the probes to the wires. If the screen shows the infinity symbol,
the motor is bad. Replace either part as needed.
Well you can please follow the below steps - 1. Remove any dishes in the dishwasher. Unhook the dishwasher's dish trays or racks from their tracks, and set aside. Empty the soap dispenser if it contains unused soap that failed to dispense. Use a wet rag to wipe down the interior of the dishwasher, as well as the inside of the dispenser.
2. Close the dispenser, and shut the dishwasher door. Turn the dishwasher on to a manual setting, then stop it and open the appliance. Check to see if the dispenser is open. If it is, continue to Step 2. If the dispenser is closed, skip to Step 4.
3. Switch dishwasher soap. Some dishwasher dispensers have difficulty with dry or liquid dishwashing soap, depending on the make and model of your dishwasher. Incompatibilities typically result in the dispenser sticking shut, which explains why the dispenser opens when empty. Switch to liquid soap if you are using dry powder soap, or vice versa.
4. Check the dishwasher soap dispenser's spring. The spring is located behind the dispenser top's hinge. Consult your dishwasher's original manufacturer's manual or user guide to find a replacement spring. Pop the old spring out with a screwdriver, and replace with a new spring. This should resolve any issues related to the dispenser failing to open. Please post comments if you need more help or information..........
I had the same problem once. Make sure nothing is stacked in front of the soap dispenser when you close the door. Slowly close the door and follow the soap dispenser to make sure it has enough clearance to open.
Let me know how it goes.
is your soap door open when this happens if it is then make sure there's no water or other liquids in the dispenser from loading the washer one tablespoon of water in there will clump up the soap and it won't drop when it pops open