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Hi--The latch for the detergent dispenser won't close. What do you suggest?

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  • lisagblanken Jul 26, 2009

    Actually after closer inspection the spring appears to be broken. There is no detergent stuck in it. Any ideas?

  • lisagblanken Jul 27, 2009

    I'll try this; thanks for your help.

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Usually this is caused by overfilling with detergent and getting the latch gunked up. Remove the assembly and clean it completely and see if this helps. If the spring seems weak or damaged you may want to replace it also.

For a temporary fix, you can normally manually swing the latch 10-15 degrees then close the dispenser after filling and it will open as normal. Unfortunately it is likely that you will have to do this every time.

You could try running the dishwasher empty with the tray open once or twice and see if that cleans it out.

Posted on Jul 26, 2009

  • ted1430
    ted1430 Jul 26, 2009

    Replace the spring if nothing else is broken and you can find an equivalent one.



    If not, you'll need to get a replacment dispenser assembly from a parts store or on-line.



    If you need to do dishes in the meantime, start with a bit of detergent in the machine and once the wash cycle gets going good, add some more. It should work well enough for a temporary fix.

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If the dispenser is broken and doesn't open or close properly the dispenser lever might need to be replaced.





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If the dispenser will not release the detergent the actuator connected between the wax motor and the dispenser might be broken. Check the wax motor actuator and replace it if necessary.





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