Question about KitchenAid Dishwashers
Once the spring is missing, it never really becomes reliable. It isnt a train smash to replace but one has to be fairly mechanical minded. Firstly., remove plug from the wall socket then open the dishwasher door and remove the screws on the sides of the inner stainless steel panel.(about 12.) Once screws are out you can seperate the outer panel from the silver door. You will then see the soap dispenser from the inside.(Either screws are holding it in place or little clips.) Possibly it will have wires connected. Disconnect and take note what goes where. Once dispencer is off, reinstall new one in the same manner. You can but the spare part from the appliance repair dept..(Quote the model of the unit).
Posted on Sep 07, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Dishwashers use Bi-Metal strip to
allow the dispenser to open/close. This strip when heat up causes the soap door
spring to open up the dispenser. If this strip is not heated doesn't allow the
door to open. The strip may not be getting 120V or maybe disconnected. Newer
(plastic liner) dishwashers use a wax motor to open the soap dispenser. The
plunger inside the wax motor slowly moves and pushes the plunger and door
open. And, if this wax motor doesn't receive 120 volts, then it'll not work.
Please check the voltage to the wax motor/Bi-metal strip; also inspect the
connections to these.
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