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Maytag MDB9150 Dishwasher soap dispenser door doesn't open

I have a Maytag MDB9150 Dishwasher. The soap dispenser door does not open during wash cycles. I removed the inside of the door panel to inspect the back side of the dispenser. Mechanical lever linkage seems to be working fine. The wax motor had a zero reading on my ohms meter so I replaced it. With new motor installed, door still does not open. What's my next thing to check?

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    burnie1503 Sep 30, 2008

    A follow-up to my dishwashers dispenser door problem. Since the mechanical linkage was working and I already replaced the wax motor, I came to the conclusion that the motor was not getting power from the the control board. I ordered a control console from easyapplianceparts.com for about $100, installed that and it now works fine.

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