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Soap dispenser doesn't open

The door the the soap holder will not open during the cycle. The dish washer is Maytag Performa Model number PDB3600AWE. It is about 5 years old. How is it supposed to work? A bi-metal strip?

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My recommendation is to switch over to a tablet and merely put the tablet on the floor of the dishwasher bypassing the soap holder all together. It should work just fine that way. good luck.

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