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How to Fix Stuck/Clogged Dishwasher Soap Dispenser

Posted by: Jacob Hoffmeister 7 years, 9 months ago


Sometimes the dishwasher soap dispenser can become stuck or clogged. This affects the dishwashing process, which is why you need to solve the problem immediately. You can follow these steps to make the soap dispenser work again:

  • First, remove any dishes from inside the dishwasher. You also need to unhook the dish trays form their tracks. Set them aside in a clean place. If there is any soap inside the dispenser that failed to dispense, remove them as well.

  • Wipe the exterior of the dishwasher with a wet rag. Afterwards, also wipe the interior.

  • Close both the soap dispenser and the dishwasher door, changing the setting to manual. Stop the dishwasher and open it.

  • Skip this step if your dishwasher does not open in step 3. If the soap dispenser is open, change the dishwasher soap you are using. Sometimes your dishwasher might have problems dispensing a certain kind of soap. If you are using liquid soap, try changing to dry powder soap. If you are using dry powder, see if changing to liquid soap solves the problem.

  • If the soap dispenser is not open, check the dispenser’s spring. You will find this at the dispenser’s top hinge.

  • Use a screwdriver to pop the old spring and replace it. For the replacement of a faulty spring, refer to your dishwasher manufacturer’s manual or guide. This should solve your dispenser problem.

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