How To Remove And Replace A Dishwasher Detergent Dispenser

Is your dishwasher dispenser giving you any of these common problems? Soap dispenser door on dishwasher is broken. Dishwasher detergent dispenser is not dispensing soap. The small door on the dishwasher soap dispenser does not close. The door has broken off of the detergent dispenser. If you have any of these issues it can be fixed by replacing the dishwasher detergent dispenser. Below is how to repair it yourself. If the faulty soap dispenser causes a water leak, here is how to fix a leaking dishwasher

How to remove and replace dishwasher dispenser assemblyHow to remove and replace dishwasher dispenser assembly

If the soap does not dispense from the detergent dispenser, the motor may be faulty. If you find the motor to be at fault, the motor can be replaced separately depending on the model of your dishwasher.

The soap dispenser may be jammed with residue and can be cleaned out to work properly. Be sure the dispenser is not simply jammed before replacing the complete assembly. If the door is jammed shut or stuck open, rinse the area with hot water and use a brush to remove residue… also here is how to clean the filters on your dishwasher

If the detergent door is broken and will not close, it may need a small spring to fix it. On some models the latch may me cracked or damaged causing the issue. You can find parts to fix it separately. If the small door does not close, be sure nothing is blocking it such as residue.

Some of these small parts to fix the dispenser are not available as the dishwasher manufacturers sell the complete dishwasher detergent dispenser as the only option.

Dishwasher replacement partsDishwasher replacement parts
Order a replacement detergent dispenser here
once you determine that it needs to be replaced…

How to fix dishwasher soap dispenser step by step

Tools needed to remove and replace dishwasher dispenser:
– Gloves
– Torx screwdriver NO 15
– Phillips screwdriver
– New detergent dispenser
– Optional – Small brush (to remove residue)
– Optional – MultiMeter (to check motor)
– Optional – Spring (on older models)

First order your detergent dispenser assembly and then follow these steps…
1. Remove power supply to your dishwasher
2. Open the dishwasher door
3. Remove the torx head screws on the edge of the dishwasher door
4. Shut the dishwasher door
5. Pull off the front panel to see the rear side of the interior door panel
6. Remove insulation near the dispenser
7. Find the dispenser assembly
8. On older models check the small spring and replace or reconnect
9. Remove the wire connections connecting the dispenser assembly
10. Unscrew the screws holding the dispenser assembly bracket to the dishwasher
11. Pull out the dispenser bracket
12. Open the dishwasher door to access the dispenser assembly
13. Remove the complete dispenser assembly from the dishwasher
14. Inspect it to be sure it needs to be replaced
15. If found to be faulty, order a new dispenser assembly
16. Install the new dispenser assembly
17. Close the dishwasher door
18. Install the dispenser bracket with the screws
19. Connect the wires to the dispenser assembly
20. Reinstall the dishwasher front panel
21. Open the dishwasher door and reinstall the torx screws
22. Connect the dishwasher to power
23. Run a test wash to be sure dispenser works properly


Dishwasher – Replace Detergent Dispenser

The soap dispenser remove and replace method above will work commonly with all GE, Whirlpool, Samsung, LG, Haier, Kenmore, Hotpoint, Emerson, Maytag, Sharp, Bosch, KitchenAid, and Frigidaire dishwashers.

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Have questions concerning the soap dispenser on your dishwasher? Please leave us a comment below and include the model number of your dishwasher.

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