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Heater element doesn't work and dispenser won't open

Hi, it seams that the dishes get washed in cold water, I realize this when I was trying to work out why the dispenser wasn't opening, at the end of the wash cycle the powder was still in the dispenser.

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    Philip Apr 22, 2014

    Yes the hot water is connected, I never had to run the hot water in the past when it was working fine, I also have the problem of the dispencer not opening to let the powder out! Thanks Phil

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Do u have the washer hooked to the hot water line. It should be if its not. Also be sure u run the hot water at the sink until it is hot before u start the dishwasher.

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SOURCE: soap dispenser door doesn't open during cycle of my Maytag dishwasher

Kqon, looks like your dispenser has a wax motor. I think the first thing you have to do is remove the inner door and inspect the soap dispensor assy. See if any of the moving parts are broken. This wax motor is 120V so you can run a cheater cord to it to see if it works, but be very careful when doing this. It will expand the plunger and open the flap. If the wax motor operates with 120V applied to it then you want to see if you have power coming from the timer. It will be the tan wire # 27 on the timer harness. You also want to make sure the spring and pin are in place on the dispenser flap. Your part number for the wax motor is 902899. Catriver.

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SOURCE: Dishwasher soap dispenser won't open during cycle

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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SOURCE: Bosch diswasher detergent dispenser doesn't open during wash cycl

I've been told we can replace the dispenser. See AppliancePartsPro.com. Part AP2834000

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SOURCE: indesit idl 535, washing on usual cycle but not

Your problem is very clear, you need to replace the wash tank heating element.

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