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Soap door won't open

The soap door won't open during the wash cycle; if the soap door is left open the dishes don't get as clean as they did before

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  • darrhal Feb 01, 2009

    Spray is fine When you put the soap in the soap tray and shut the soap door it won't open again during the wash cycle. When the wash cycle is complete and you go to remove the dishes the soap door is still closed and the soap is still inside the compartment. Why won't the soap door open anymore ?

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One or both of your spray bars are not turning, and are either clogged with stuff, or the pump is failed, or the inlet screen to the pump is clogged, or the pump impeller is clogged or broken.

Take the spray bars off and make sure the insides are clean and the nozzles are clear.

If you hear water spraying around the dishwasher, then chances are the other problems I mentioned are not a problem.

Let me know what you find and I can give you more help.

Posted on Feb 01, 2009

  • Mark Egan Feb 01, 2009

    Sorry I wasn't clear in my post.

    The soap door opens based on water spraying it on it. That's why I mentioned to make sure the spray bars are working properly.

    If all the spray bars are working fine, and the water spray is good, then replace the soap dispenser. P/N 99003317 from Sears Parts Direct. ~$29.00. You might can find it elsewhere.

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catriver
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SOURCE: soap dispenser door doesn't open during cycle of my Maytag dishwasher

Kqon, looks like your dispenser has a wax motor. I think the first thing you have to do is remove the inner door and inspect the soap dispensor assy. See if any of the moving parts are broken. This wax motor is 120V so you can run a cheater cord to it to see if it works, but be very careful when doing this. It will expand the plunger and open the flap. If the wax motor operates with 120V applied to it then you want to see if you have power coming from the timer. It will be the tan wire # 27 on the timer harness. You also want to make sure the spring and pin are in place on the dispenser flap. Your part number for the wax motor is 902899. Catriver.

Posted on Jan 16, 2008

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SOURCE: Dish Washer soap does not dispense during wash

You don;t list the make and model number or its aproximate age.
The simpelest cause is switching to an ultra-cheap dry detergent. Recommed you use a name brand powder (like Electrosol or Cascade) Never use gel or tablets, ever.
Check all spray arms for blockages. Now is a good time to remove the filter (non trivial but do-able on most dishwashers.)
Clean empty dishwasher by filling a bowl or large cup with white vinegar and placing it in the dish rack. Run a short cycle with no detergent added. You may need to repeat.
If problems persist, the pump motor is probably failing. Schedule a service call or consider replacement of DW. Good Luck!

Posted on Mar 30, 2009

heatman101
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SOURCE: soap dispenser not emptying during cycle. Dishes

Hi,
Checkout this tip that I wrote about that problem...

Dishwasher Repair Problem Detergent Cup does not Open
http://www.fixya.com/support/r4225828-dishwasher_repair_problem_detergent_cup

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http://www.fixya.com/support/r4319937-dishwasher_maintenance

heatman101

Posted on Jul 18, 2010

blueextc3221
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SOURCE: Kenmore Elite 665-16959000 dishwasher - soap door

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

For replacement parts - head on over to PartSelect.com or RepairClinic.com and enter in your full model number for a full parts listing.
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FixYa has no affiliation with either site - I have been using and recommending them for years - trouble free.

PartSelect has a great schematic database for locating the part on your unit and great "testimonials" for each part that often times includes HOW-TO information.
RepairClinic has pictures of each part they sell and also a great how-to and troubleshooting for basic repairs.


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.
In the service manual are Error codes, maintenance procedures, and troubleshooting steps you can follow.


Anything too complicated or beyond your scope should be handled by a professional.

If you think you want to tackle the repair - and have gotten stuck on a step - reply to your question and I will be glad to help you out.




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Posted on Sep 30, 2010

heatman101
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SOURCE: SOAP DISPENSER DOOR OPENS DURING CYCLE BUT SOAP

Hi,


I have an older dishwasher also and recently my wife also complained about it not cleaning right... so me being the man I am tried in vain to clean the things... Bought new spray arms online and installed them in minutes...now the thing works like new... However I have also found that if the heating element goes bad then that also can mess things up bad... So I would buy new spray arms, and also check out the heating element to make sure it is working... Here is a tip that will help you with the online buying...


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A bad heating element causes many problems in dishwashers...

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