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Kenmore dishwasher soap dispenser won't latch

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: The soap dispenser on our Kenmore Elite dishwasher

Yes its probably the little latch that holds the door closed thats worn out.

Posted on Dec 31, 2009

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SOURCE: Kenmore dishwasher - soap not dispensing

that sounds crazy but hears some suggestions you must have real hard water for that tab- not to dissolve hear is a crazy question is the water coming in to the d/w hot enough or even hot at all i had cases where i found that the d/w was hooked up to cold water

Posted on Dec 30, 2007

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SOURCE: Rinsing detergent from dispenser

Use gel run a few cycles and help clear and then don't overfill w gel soap

Posted on Nov 21, 2008

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SOURCE: Dishwasher leaves soap in dispenser.

Hi Dirty Dish gang.
After having 2 appliance repairmen here, I now have the latest scoop on our dishwasher problems, $200 later!
Los Angeles IS currently having hard water issues. Also, all the new cleaning gels etc. are actually a cause of our dishwasher problems.  
So, here is what we need to do:
1. Use Cascade POWDER detergent only.  Make sure is is just "plain" no "scented" or "complete"  or gel, etc. (I have tried a phosphate free powder and gel and this is a cause of our problem as well!) 2. Use Jet Dry in the dispenser (set it to a 2-3 opening) 3. Make sure water is at least 120 degrees 4. Only run dishwasher on "normal" setting.  All others just run it longer, hence causing more water stains. 5. Do not pre-wash dishes! You can knock of chunks with a "non" soapy brush, but don't rinse (the oils actually help to clean the dishes) 6.  Do not wash sponges in dishwasher.
Acid Wash: The repairman just gave my washer an Acid Wash today. It says it is an acid derived from lemon, I got mine from Carters appliance in Torrance, CA for about $19. I am to run a normal cycle with the above mentioned Cascade after this "acid cycle" is finished.
If you are still having problems:
Monthly maintenance: Glass Magic: Buy a box of Glass Magic (near the Cascade)  Use 1 Tbsb in main detergent compartment of dishwasher along with the Cascade, till washer starts working again. White Vinegar: You can run an empty dishwasher with white vinegar once a month.  Fill a bowl with 2 cups vinegar and place on bottom rack.  Then run as a normal cycle...this allows vinegar to disperse slowly.
So far it seems to be working.  Good luck.

Posted on Jan 09, 2009

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SOURCE: Soap dispensing problems on a kenmore dishwasher elite 577-0

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

Posted on Feb 20, 2009

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