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The soap dispenser on my GE diswasher, model # GSM1860NSS does not seem to open at the correct time during the washing cycle.

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Had similar problem. Water was not hot enough. Check your manual for proper water temp.

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If the soap door doesn't open all the time, remove the outer door cover and remove any obstructions. There are pieces of styrofoam and cardboard inside the door that come loose from time to time, and prevent the linkage from operating freely. They can be re-glued OR eliminated.

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Hello-  These dispensers are mechanically linked to the timer and can get jammed or fail over time.  If you feel confident of your skills, you might try turning off power and taking door panel off to check these linkages.  With luck it will just need to be freed up to operate.  If not, parts are still available.  Just a spring and a couple of plastic levers involved.  Let me know if this info is helpful.  Have more if needed.. Please acknowledge this post.  Thanks-  Ed

Posted on Mar 27, 2010

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If the water to your kitchen tap is above 120 to around 145 your machine is getting hot water. If not your need to adjust your hot water heater.
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