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No water coming in - soap is dry

Dishwasher is 12 years old. Last 2 runs, dish soap dispenses but stays caked in the bottom of the dishwasher and doesn't dissolve. Does anyone know what the problem might be?

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Check for power at fill valve when it is supposed to fill. If power, check filter in valve. If not clogged replace valve. This is about the only repair I would make on a machine this old. They are really not designed to last more than 10 years. The new ones are much quieter, efficient and clean better. The fill valve should cost around $25 and you can easily replace it yourself.

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After having 2 appliance repairmen here, I now have the latest scoop on our dishwasher problems, $200 later!
Los Angeles IS currently having hard water issues. Also, all the new cleaning gels etc. are actually a cause of our dishwasher problems.  
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