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Detergent Fill Dispenser

I have a Kenmore Elite dishwasher. The detergent fill dispenser no longer opens during the wash cycle, so dishes are not getting cleaned well. What should I do? Hi! We're having the same problem with a not opening soap dispenser on a Kenmore Model 363.15289100. I replaced the timer, but it still doesn't open. What else could it be?

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  • zepp3001 Apr 22, 2009

    Hi. Sorry, but that's the actual model #, both on the parts list and on the label on the dishwasher itself.

    Also, the cup has no residual soap caked on at all.

    Thanks


  • Michael Masters
    Michael Masters May 11, 2010

    Ok, that model number is not coming up on my database. can you locate the proper model number please so i can help more efficiently??

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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

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