Whirlpool dishwasher soap dispenser not opening. If your dishwasher has a jam, there are a few troubleshooting procedures (which will mostly entail you turning to the user’s manual) that resolve the problem.
If you want to try and fix it yourself in case you don’t want to call our team of technicians, try out these simple fixes below if your dishwasher detergent dispenser won’t open.
Whirlpool dishwasher soap dispenser not opening
Here’s an exhaustive list of possible reasons why opening your dishwasher soap drawer is not a possibility.
We’ve included several tried and tested solutions to help you repair the problem without breaking out the manual or calling a repair technician.
If so, then we can help. Read on for some great tips on how to get your Whirlpool dishwasher soap dispenser opening again in no time even if you’ve been keeping it shut tight frustratedly.
Bi-Metal is not working
A bi-metal actuator is a bimetallic bar that bends with temperature changes to act as an on-off switch. If the bi-metal is burned out, it won’t open the door fully.
To find out if the bi-metal has burned out, check for continuity by using a multimeter. If there’s no continuity, replace the bi-metal.
Also, check the water level in your dishwasher regularly to make sure it doesn’t get too low.
When there’s not enough water in your dishwasher, you’ll run into problems opening and closing your door because the motor won’t turn easily without adequate current (and if you don’t have enough current, your bi-metal will fail to bend).
Replacing the Main Control Board
One of the major components that provide energy throughout the dishwasher is the Control board.
If it is not providing enough energy to a component, in particular, it might not be delivering sufficient power to the detergent dispenser, preventing it from opening.
However, this is not likely the case. Problem boards are often misdiagnosed with new ones being installed before any other parts have been explored as the source of trouble.
Damaged Detergent Container
Inspect the dishwasher detergent container for damage. If it’s broken or damaged, you might want to consider replacing it since you’ll be potentially putting your dishes at risk of becoming cracked or cloudy in appearance and less clean than usual if this happens.
The detergent Dispenser is broken
If the lid of the detergent dispenser breaks off, you can replace the whole dispenser – no need to disassemble it.
Replacing the dispenser is necessary
If you want to avoid taking apart the dispenser, you can purchase a replacement dispenser and replace it together.
Should you wish to substitute your current dispenser with something new, do so by replacing the whole thing instead of by retrieving an old part or switching up parts.
Dispenser door pins are defective
If the dispenser door pins are defective, the dispenser won’t open or close properly. Inspect the dispenser door pins for damage. If the pins are damaged, replace them.
The dispenser slide may be damaged
If the dispenser won’t slide in or out, check the inner track for obstructions before replacing the slide. If an obstruction is found, first clear it from the track.
Check the lid for damage
Inspect the lid to see if it is broken, cracked, or warped. If it is, you will need a replacement.
Faulty Dispenser Repair Kit
If you aren’t sure which part is defective and you don’t want to replace the entire dispenser,
you can give the customer a replacement dispenser repair kit that includes some customizable options like changing the size of the openings on top of their new dispenser or letting them choose between your two most popular colors.
The dispenser Door Spring is defective
If the door doesn’t open or the machine begins leaking during a wash cycle, check for a damaged door spring.
To avoid further water damage, the spring needs to be replaced immediately if it is damaged and can no longer withstand normal use.
The dishwasher dispenser lever has broken
If the lever of your dishwasher dispenser is broken, water will pool up and leak onto the floor and this can cause the dishwasher not to open or close properly.
Inspect the lever to determine if it is loose. If so, tighten it by hand.
The dispenser actuator is damaged
If the dispenser actuator is defective, either the drawer won’t close properly or it will fall out when the machine tips over.
Inspect the dispenser actuator for damage. If there are cracks in it, get a new one from your supplier and replace it.