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Use less soap..if u live in a hard water area back down your soap usage

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Cleaning the trap


The soap trap and its cap covers the soap in your dishwasher after you fill it and then swings open to dispense the soap when the wash cycle starts. If your dishes aren't getting clean or you notice the soap trap door is still shut after the dishwasher finishes a load, it may indicate a problem with the soap trap you'll need to fix.

Things You'll Need:

  • Dishwasher soap cap replacement,Screwdriver,Multimeter.
  1. 1 Open the lid of the soap trap and clean out any leftover soap. Soap and detergent, especially the inexpensive brands, can clump together and harden inside the soap trap instead of releasing into the water during the wash cycle. Change to a different soap and run the dishwasher again. See if the clumps disappear and if this solves the problem.
  2. 2 Remove the old dishwasher soap trap cap and replace with a new one. The plastic cap should slide or pop off. The instructions for the new cap should instruct you how to slide or pop it back into place. A new cap may solve the problem if the cap is not opening during use.
  3. 3 Turn off power to the dishwasher by either turning off power at the circuit breaker panel box or moving the unit out from the counter and disconnecting it from the power supply. Always do this when working inside the dishwasher to avoid electrocution.
  4. 4 Open the dishwasher door and remove the screws to take off the front paneling. Leave the screws holding the bottom hinges to the door in place to keep the door itself from falling off. Depending on your model, you may need to remove some clasps as well. Your goal is to gain access to the inside of the door and control panel so you can see the different knobs and buttons, and can fix the parts controlling the soap trap.
  5. 5 Locate your soap trap. Close the soap trap cap and insert a screwdriver to push on the metal piece -- called a bi-metal switch -- connected to the soap trap cap until the cap swings open. If the metal looks out of place and the cap doesn't swing open like it should, push the metal back into place with the screwdriver and try again. If this does not fix it, remove the metal piece and replace with a new one.

    If you can't find the metal piece, your dishwasher may use a wax motor assembly instead. Located near the soap trap cap, it's typically a small red or maroon colored plug with a small black rod sticking out of the end. Remove the wax motor for testing if you don't have a bi-metal switch.
  6. 6 Locate the round timer motor inside your dishwasher. Refer to your dishwasher's instruction manual for help identifying the different parts. Typically, the timer motor is a round piece with holes in it, and may be located near the timer control on the dishwasher itself. Remove the timer motor from the dishwasher.
  7. 7 Test the timer motor and wax motor assembly using a multimeter .Choose one of the motors to test and place one probe from the multimeter to one wire of the motor and the other probe to the other wire. For the timer motor, Part suggests setting the multimeter to the "x1000" ohms setting and you should get a reading of 2000 to 3500 ohms. If your reading is significantly different, the part is bad. For the wax motor assembly, set to the "x1" ohms setting and touch the probes to the wires. If the screen shows the infinity symbol, the motor is bad. Replace either part as needed.



Nov 06, 2010 | Dishwashers


White residue on dishes

This has become a huge problem and a big misunderstanding on what the white dried residue is on your dishes.....IS it hard water probably not . Due you use liquid or powder soap and fill both soap compartments !!!!ow<br /> <br /> well here is a solution first stop using to much soap!!! <br /> most people only need no more than a tablespoon of soap.... powder or dont forget that powder soap can go bad in those card board boxes in a humid enviorment,,,( under the sink) remove and discard any soap that's clumpy and pour rest in a tupperware dish...<br /> <br /> so here is how to remove white residue off dishes...<br /> <br /> Fill your kitchen sink with hot water no soap and 1 cup of vinegar let dishes soak dont let water cool scour dishes in sink no soap rinse them and air dry all dishes .... some dishes may be ruined due to how long white residue had been on them called etching..... now we need to clean the dishwasher start dishwashere like normal no soap and let run for few seconds when dishwasher starts to fill open door and pour in atleast 2 cups of vinegar close door and let dishwasher run cycle repeat necessary till residue is of wash arms racks door and cabinet walls ... these steps need to be repeated in most cases a few times ...

on Jan 27, 2011 | Dishwashers

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Doesn't clean anything

You should try running a load with 4 cups of white vinegar and no soap through the unit. This should help remove some of the soap scum and build-up that has accumulated. Hope it helps _MJ_

Mar 27, 2010 | GE Adora GHDA654LBG Dishwasher

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My GE Profile Quiet Power 2 is leaking soap suds through the bottom of the door. Any advice what to do?

dishwasher soap does not suds have a different type of soap in there.the only way to remove it is dumping cold water inside then running it. find where the soap came from so it wont happen again.possably the rinse aid?

Mar 02, 2010 | GE Dishwashers

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Palmolive liquid detergent was put in rinse aid recepticle.

I don't understand your question. But, I am going to try to answer based on a "given" I picked. Please read on.

Is the problem you put non dish washing soap into the dishwasher?

... and you want to remove it (soap) without removing ...

the receptacle?

the machine?

If you have non dishwashing soap in a dishwasher, the BIG problem is the suds, followed by the soap is not effective, and it cannot necessarily be removed from the dishes. The suds go from a couple little drops of soap to enough suds to fill Grand Central Station, including your kitchen. Am I close?

What I did when (I did it) this happened is, I put a product called "Anti-Foam" (I just HAPPEN to have a hot-tub) into the dishwasher which killed the suds. I cleaned the mess up off the floor, ran the rinse cycle only, dishwasher empty. Then, I ran the dishwasher again with dishwasher soap to make sure it was clean. THEN, I took the non dishwasher soap out of the cupboard where it sat next to the dishwasher soap and put it elsewhere!

So, what should you do? Go to the pool and hot tub place near you and get a small bottle of "Anti Foam" and do as I did. Expect to pay about $10.00 for the bottle.

Alterntively, you could remove the lower basket, sop as much water out as you can and then run the machine on a rinse cycle to see what happens.

While at the pool place, you might find a hot tub you like. Hey, you already have some of the chemical!

Thanks for your question at

Jan 02, 2010 | Bosch 24 in. SHU43 Built-in Dishwasher

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Soap dispenser spits out soap whole and it does not dilute. I find the soap on the side of the dishwasher when the cycle is complete

Are you using the puck style soaps? Some do come in a wrapping that is supposed to be remove prior to putting them into the dishwasher. you'd be amazed how oftene that happens.

Nov 27, 2009 | Electrolux 24 in. EDW5505EPS Stainless...

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1. You have poor pressure coming from the pump. fix this by removing the racks from dishwasher and removing/cleaning the intake filter to the pump. It is located on the floor of the dishwasher. Use a wet vac if you have it to clean the entire area and anything that might be stuck down in the pump. you would be suprised what you find doen there. Don't be afraid to remove a few phillips screws to remove a cover to the impeller. After this all should work better/cleaner AND soap dish will be washed out too.

2. make sure dishes are not stacked to block the soap dish from water spray arms.

3. remove spray arms and clean them out, especially the spray tips. Hard objects will stick in their spray tips.

Good Luck

Jul 29, 2009 | Maytag DWU9962 Dishwasher

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Soap dispenser cover won't close

It sounds like it may be stuck between cycle steps.(this sometimes happens if the washer is open during a cycle)Try and run it through one full wash cycle as it is.Then check to see if the soap door will close.If not,the lack may be broken

Jan 09, 2009 | Bosch 24 in. SHU43 Built-in Dishwasher

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I have a kenmore dishwasher. the soap dispenser lid was not opening and releasing the soap, now the lid is opening but it's leaving the soap in the dipenser. have used the pellets that contains the liquid...

disasemble the pump housing and remove the debris that are located in the housing, not enough pump pressure to spin the spray arms to desolve the detergent

Apr 09, 2008 | Dishwashers

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Dispenser door

Remove the outer door panel and check the actuator for the soap dispenser door it is probably broken. You might also check and make sure you don't have an old soap build up inside the soap dispenser. Sometimes old soap builds up and dries inside the dispenser and causes the door to stick. It should be free. Good luck.

Dec 21, 2007 | Whirlpool 24 in. DU1055XTPS Stainless...

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