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The soap holder has stopped opening... is this a good reason to get a new dishwasher, or an inexpensive fix? (this one has never worked well!) Thanks!  -Christina

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If your handy and you can get the parts yourself it may be worth it. It may have a broken spring or lever behind that soap release. Otherwise a repair would cost more that the dishwasher is worth. And the new models are all very energy efficient which will save money in the long run.

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