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Soap dispenser making loud noise during wash cycle

Kenmore elite dishwasher model 16692CO started making very loud noise, narrowed it down to the detergent dispenser but don't know how to remove it or where to buy another.

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: Kenmore Elite 665-16959000 dishwasher - soap door

It appears your dispenser wax switch has failed in this instance.

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If your unit has never been serviced - there should still be an original service manual enclosed in plastic taped to the inside of the shell.
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Posted on Sep 30, 2010

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SOURCE: Detergent Fill Dispenser

The dispenser is usually controlled by an actuator of some type. This can consist of a small electric wax motor, switch or mechanical assembly. Some dispensers come equipped with an actuator as one complete assembly, while others have separate components that can be purchased separately. I would need your complete model number (located somewhere along to door opening) to be sure what type you have. I can locate a part number for you and give you some guidance on how to make the repairs yourself, if you wish to pursue this on your own and avoid the cost of a repairman. Post back with comments and let me know. I hope this helps you.

Posted on Jan 28, 2008

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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

danforddan1
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SOURCE: Detergent Fill Dispenser

It may be gummed up inside with old detergent that has caked on . Try rinsing out the despencer until it opens and closes easy. DFD

Posted on Apr 22, 2009

buddymcl777
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SOURCE: Kenmore Elite Dishwasher 630 1630 9400 Soap Dispenser Problem

From your description even when the soap dispenser opens it is opening late which is why all the soap does not dissolve.

Try adding only half as much soap and see if it opens then - even a little spilled soap catching on that little latch mechanism can cause it to be difficult to close and stick opening.

Also make sure that the spring that controls the door is not broken.

Posted on May 19, 2009

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