I have an opprotunity to purchase a 43142. It looks like it may have been abused, i.e. the soap dispenser is caked with detergent. How can I know if the gasket leaks without running a load of wash? There is very little knowledge about the machine as it was "dropped off by the owners when they left town". Any advice?
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Soap dispenser cover will not open until front knob is at 4:30 or 5 o'clock. Turn knob to 5 o'clock and jiggle dispenser cover. If cover still does not open, is detergent caked such that door won't open? If yes, remove caked detergent. If no, disconnect power at breaker. GE repair manual says to remove screws for inner door panel and inspect detergent dispenser mechanism with lever and trip lever for broken or binding parts.
IF DISPENSER IS CLOSED WHEN FINISHED COMPLETE CYCLE . THERE ARE TWO WAYS THAT D/W'S OPEN THE DISPENSER ONE IS BY WAY OF TIMER TRIPPING LATCH, OTHER IS BY WAY OF BIMETAL IN THE DOOR. THE SOLID IS BECAUSE OF THE MOISTURE ABSORPTION OF THE SOAP. THIS IS ASSUMING THAT YOU HAVE NOT BLOCKED THE DISPENSER DOOR WITH SOME OBSTRUCTION.
its pouring out because the dispenser is getting clogged in somewhere and not letting the water to the drain pump so its pouring from the soap dispenser.
Remove the dispenser, pour water into the opening and make sure water can get into the machine freely. Inspect the opening for soap build up. If water goes down slowly , open the washer door and feel around the bellow for anything blocking the water inlet port into the washer (socks can sometimes get wedged up there and cause a blockage). If it all checks out ok, make sure the machine is properly leveled and not leaning forward. Hope that helps!
Symptoms: Dispenser lid is open. Caked powder at (what would be during normal
operation) bottom edge of soap dispenser or caked powder fallen onto
dishes or dishwasher bottom. There may be loose powder in rest of
dispenser or spilled down inside door or onto dishes underneath
Keep the area around the soap dispenser lid clear when loading the top tray.
The soap dispenser needs to swing open during the wash cycle. In many
dishwashers the top tray has an indentation as wide as the lid of the
dispenser. This allows the top tray to be as large deep as possible
while still allowing space for the dispenser lid to open. People often
pack their dishwasher with things overhanging this gap.
During the wash cycle the catch will release but the overhanging cutlery
or crockery prevents the lid from opening all but a few degrees. Some
water will splash in but not enough to wash out the soap powder. The
soap powder at the bottom of the dispenser will then cake.
When the front door is opened the spring loaded lid, which is partly
open, will of course swing fully open and you'll be convinced that the
lid opened normally during operation. If this is the problem then if
you're very careful and open the door very slowly you can actually hear
the lid flip open. Also, depending on when the lid opens, how far it
opened during operation and how fast you open the door you may find soap
powder spilled down to cover the dishes at the front or down the inside
of the door. This happens when you first open the door and obviously
there couldn't be loose powder there if the powder had emerged while
there was water washing around. Seeing the lid open as you open the door
is a lot harder but can be done on some machines.
POWDERED DETERGENTS GET CLOGGED ALOT IN THOSE DISPENSERS.
I ADVISE CUSTOMERS TO FILL THERE WASHER AND ADD SOAP WHEN IT STARTS TO AGITATE WHEN USING MORE THAN A 1/2 CUP OF POWDER ... THEN ADD YOUR CLOTHES ... THE WASHER HAS A SAFTEY SWITCH WILL STOP MOST WASHERS WHEN AGITATING OR IN SPIN CYCLE,SO YOU CAN LOAD CLOTHES ...
OTHER THAN THAT ... ALL YOU CAN DO IS KEEP THAT DISPENSER FLUSHED OUT WITH HOT WATER AFTER EVERY WASH. JUST POUR HOT WAYER TROUGH IT ...
IF THE WATER BACKS UP (EVEN WITH A SLOW POURING) THE DISPENSER IS PLUGGED AND NEEDS TO BE FLUSHED OUT WITH A HOSE.
GOOD LUCK AND STAY DRY !!!
Before taking anything to bits, check you aren't just loading the machine in such a way that something (for us, it's usually a frying pan) is stopping the soap dispenser from springing open all the way.