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Soap dispenser door pops open

I put my detergent cube into the soap dispenser and right after the cycle starts, the door pops open and the cube ends up on the bottom of the dishwasher. Is there anyway I can fix the dispenser or do I need to have a serviceman come out?

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Try cleaning the compartment. If the latching is not OK, it could be a latch problem, or alignment, or total dispenser. Contact service provider for assistance.

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