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Re: tablet drawer,dispenser wont open at all
Hi, well you we need to check the ribbon cable in the door lining to make sure that none of the cables have been broken with the movement of the door. If they are fine then you should replace the dispenser unit if you are getting 240v to the dispenser solinoid.
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Most likely the lid seal and/ or the detergent dispenser seal is leaky. Do not operate the dishwasher in this condition as the water can cause electrocution because the mains voltage comes up to the drawer front panel. Most likely it is the detergent dispenser seal.
sometimes the dispenser doors are not designed for tablets, and they don't let enough water in to dissolve them....next time you wash; put the tablet in one of the silverware compartments....should do the trick. and leave the dispenser door for liquid detergents only.
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I believe that the instructions for using these 3-in-1 tablets is to place it in the open dish detergent cup, rather than in the closable compartment, since the tablet needs to get doused by a lot of water in oder to fully dissolve and be effective in getting the dishes clean.
Since the tablets are designed to dissolve more slowly, they are able to be used for the entire range of washing cycles. If it's a constant problem and you don's have an open detergent cup below or next to your closed detergent dispenser, just toss it into the bottom of the dishwasher instead.
The reason that the tablet isn't getting dissolved fully is because the door is preventing the tablet from dropping all the way out and the door is shielding the tablet from quite a bit of water spray.
Another option is to take a look at your owners manual for the dishwasher and see if they recommend these all-in-one tablets versus regular powered detergent and liquid rinse aid.
The soap dispenser drawer is supposed to open during the cycle. Try
first to understand if the drawer is opening or not during cycle.
If the drawer is not opening, then check if the opening mechanism is
stuck, if it is blocked by dirt and soap, if it is broken, or if
something, for examble a basket too close to dispenser drawer is
preventing the drawer from opening.
Some dishwasher works only with powder, in that case indications are given on the owners manual.
If the drawer opens and the table, or powder is still staying stuck in
the drawer, then that means that the spray does not have enough power
to solve the tablet.
In that case check spray arms and impeller pump.Also check water temperature.
If the problem is also happening with powder, then it is probably a drawer not opening on cycle.
There is a solenoid that opens the door to the dispenser. You can check it with a volt/ohm meter. Sometimes large dishes can block the door keeping it from opening. I personally know on some Whirlpool washers (because it was mine) that if the bottom drawer is put in backwards, it wont let the door open. When I opened the main door, then the dispenser would flop open. You need a meter to check this part if its not the other things. Without it, you are just guessing.