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Dishwasher soap dispenser won't open during cycle

The soap dispenser door on my GE Adora dishwasher (which is less than a year old) has suddenly stopped opening during the wash cycle. It opens fine when I push the button with my finger, but it's always closed at the end of the wash! What do I do?
Any help is greatly appreciated!!

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Re: Dishwasher soap dispenser won't open during cycle

I had the same problem with my GE Adora. The dishes were getting cloudy and the soap dispenser would not open. Turns out the hard water deposits were causing the soap dispenser to stick shut. I purchased and used Dishwasher Magic which is a dishwasher cleaner designed to remove limescale, rust and buildup. I used as directed and now my dishes are sparkling and the soap dispenser pops right open.

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both have a wax motor on them that needs to be replaced you just remove the panel and replace the wax motor is what its called

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