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Detergent will not dispense during the wash cycle

Detergent stays in the holder, it will not automatically dispense during the wash cycle. Any suggestions

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  • yvonna59 Dec 07, 2007

    Our dishwasher will not dispense the detergent at all. How do we fix this?

  • MsMorse Dec 28, 2007

    Add me to this list! I have a brand new home that came complete with new applicances. One of them is a frigidaire dishwasher. I've used it 3 times and the soap has yet to dissolve. I've used a powder twice and my most recent attempt was Christmas night with a liquid. The dishwasher soap container has yet to open. The soap literally sits there and cakes up/hardens. I don't feel like spending money on a plumber when the answer could be right in front of me...... any suggestions??? Thanks.

  • Anonymous Dec 30, 2007

    Mine does the same thing. This is a crappy brand.



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Something simple you can check is to make sure the spring that flips open the door is not broken or caked up with detergent.

As for the soap not dissolving, I've had similar problems and the only solution I've found is to make sure you are not blocking  the spray jet on the bottom from hitting the soap drawer.

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