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Kenmore Elite Dishwasher 630 1630 9400 Soap Dispenser Problem

Sometimes the soap dispenser is still closed at the end of the cycle.  Othertimes, it is open but there is still soap in the dispenser.  Aside from running vineager through one of the cycles or trying different detergent, is there anything else I can do?

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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.

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